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Did you know that we have a wonderful shawl ministry right here at First Met?

This is the Blessing that is attached to a hand-knit shawl, or scarf: “May God’s grace be upon this shawl … warming, comforting, enfolding and embracing. May this mantle be  a safe haven … A sacred place of security and well-being … sustaining and embracing in good times as well as difficult ones. May the one who receives this shawl be cradled in hope, kept in joy, graced with peace, wrapped in love.”

Whether they are called Prayer Shawls, Comfort Shawls, Peace Shawls, or Mantles, etc., the shawl maker begins with prayers and blessings for the recipient. The intentions are continued throughout the creation of the shawl. Upon completion a final blessing is offered before the shawl is sent on its way. Some recipients have continued the kindness by making a shawl and passing it onto someone in need. Thus, the blessing ripples from person to person with both the giver and receiver feeling the unconditional embrace of a sheltering, mothering God!