Whenever I read the story about the sheep and the goats in Matthew 25, I always whisper a prayer that I will be a wooly sheep and not a disgruntled goat. Sometimes people read this and then they scamper away spending their lives trying to earn their way to heaven by helping others. And it doesn’t work, cause I spent years trying and all I got was worn out and always thinking about the next need. But when we make Jesus our counselor and spend time in praise and prayer and His Word He will give us the people He wants us to help and it will be easy..
There is a group of wonderful women in Oracle, Az who are part of the Community Share Prayer Shawl Ministry. They meet weekly and knit and crochet prayer shawls to give away. While they are working they pray over each shawl asking God to bless the lives of those who receive them as a gift. Since I am running around Tucson more than these gals I offered to give them away and I have given away some in Tucson, South Carolina, Georgia, Michigan and wherever we may be. Two weeks ago my husband Ned and I were attending church at Flowing Wells Assembly of God and Patti Young, the leader of this ministry, had just given me a whole bag of new shawls. Flowing Wells has a food ministry that reaches out to so many people in need. Cindy Harding runs this ministry and suddenly I felt the Lord wanted me to give them to Cindy after church and offer them to folks in the food line.
The next week she came rushing over to tell me what happened. “There were miracles with any of the people we gave a shawl to,” she told me. “From a little boy who had been ill to a woman who had been so depressed. It was amazing Kathy, and you could feel the presence of God all over the room.” She wrote a poem about it, called “Chapels” and I am reprinting one verse: “Arms made of yarn, Encloses the brokenness, Unfolding His amazing grace, Because of His requested presence.” The shawls are not magic…there is prayer that went into each one and every person, who put a shawl on felt those prayers. This is just one way, I believe, God uses each of us to bless and draw others to Jesus. I love that…”arms made of yarn…”be blessed this month with the joy of God’s presence..reach out to Him and He will wrap His arms of love around you, kathy