What a lovely and loving project. What happens to the prayer cloths when they are finished? Do you sew, knit, or crochet them?
Hi, I crochet the prayer cloths and they are sent mainly to military people. But I also make prayer cloths for others who request one. I'll send an explanation in little bit. The paper I send with the prayer cloths, explain about the uses of a prayer cloth.
The prayer cloths that are sent to the military we don't send the paperwork that I personally send with the prayer cloths that I send out. Here is the sheet that I send with each prayer cloth:HISTORY OF Prayer Cloths:Prayer cloths originated as an old practice of spreading prayers that can be found throughout Christian history and in the Bible. Traditionally prayer cloths were taken from the clothing of the saints and apostles, even Jesus Christ Himself. These prayer cloths or "handkerchiefs" were believed to have the power of Jesus flowing through them. In other scriptural beliefs, Jesus healed a multitude of sick and diseased people by simply allowing them to touch a piece of his clothes. One well-known Biblical story in Luke 8:40-48 tells of a sick lady who approaches Jesus, thinking "But if I touch the hem of His garment I shall be cured." And that is exactly what happened as Jesus felt His miraculous power flow through the garment to cure the woman. However, it is not the cloth that is responsible for the healing. Prayer cloths themselves are powerless. It is the faith of the Believer who receives the cloth that brings healing and comfort. That faith is in the power of prayer and ultimately in the healing power of God, symbolized by the cloth.Many prayer groups offer and sell prayer cloths as a simple cloth with holy oil applied to it. However, the Prayer Cloth Ministry, through Glory to the Lord Fellowship, is more similar to the prayer shawl ministries around the country. Given free of cost; Prayer cloths, like prayer shawls, are made in the same manner with a prayer in every stitch, not bought or sold. Inspired by Acts 19:11-12, prayer cloths can be knitted, crocheted, loomed, or sewn.USES FOR PRAYER CLOTHS:Prayer cloths can be used in many different ways. You can place the prayer cloth on a special table and place prayer requests or pictures of those who are in need of prayers on the cloth. The prayer cloths may also be placed directly on the sick person or held while praying. Prayer cloths can be used to comfort the dying, the ill, those recovering from sickness, the aged, and the lonely and fearful. People needing spiritual comfort, going through depression , family difficulties, trials or tribulations can find comfort from receiving prayer cloths. They can even be given to mark special occasions, such as birthdays and anniversaries. Pocket prayer cloths are used in the same way but are made small enough to be tucked away into such places as wallets, purses, backpacks, pockets, and in the case of the military, in their helmets. I have even been told of patients facing surgery tucking a small prayer cloth in their hospital gown to be able to carry the prayers into surgery!