By Carolyn Trigg
Many members of FUMC have received a prayer shawl from the church or requested one for a friend. This week we hear from Carolyn Trigg, a participant in one of the quieter ministries of our church – the Knit Wits, a circle of knitters whose mission is to provide those shawls.
I joined the Knit Wits several years ago without ever having knitted a stitch. I was drawn to the group after receiving a shawl when my mother died and by watching Knit Wit friends as they worked their needles through beautiful yarns. Through the patient tutelage of expert knitters, I learned the basics and began creating shawls of my own. Some of the education was technical (“Do it this way”), some was spiritual (“Don’t worry-only God creates the perfect”). Through it all, I learned patience and the joy of being able to communicate love and concern to those who need a tangible sign of God’s love and comfort, whether they are ill, grieving, in emotional distress, or facing a new life challenge.
I seldom know who will receive a shawl I have knitted or the circumstances for which they receive it, but when I and other Knit Wits stand holding one of my shawls as it is blessed by one of our pastors, I feel prayerful and thankful for being able to participate in this unique ministry.