Meadville Tribune


March 29, 2011

Wrapped in Prayer

Prayer shawls bring comfort to those battling cancer



What the prayers consist of

Prayers are personal. People making these prayer shawls can have set prayers that they say or they can just sort of pray from the heart.

“It doesn’t have to be anything elaborate, it can be as simple as ‘Dear Lord please be with this person during this time of need, give them comfort, give them care. Amen.’ Or it could be, ‘this person who is going through this trying time, give them strength and give their family the support they need during this time,” said Kilburn.

“There is a spirituality to it.”

Kilburn says some shawls are given to be handed out to people with specific issues. “Some have asked that a shawl only goes to a breast cancer patient — and that fine, I understand ... that’s what they were praying for.”

Mostly the shawls come in from groups or individuals who simply want to give them to someone who could use one. They have prayed to help the recipient.

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