Praying for Strangers

I have always been very crafty, and I love to give my work away.  Before 2011, though, it had always been to friends and family.

Then I joined the Secret Sisters ministry at my church.  We were to pray for our secret sister, and encourage her, without letting her know who we were.  Naturally, I made a needlepoint piece for my secret sister.

Then my pastor told me this wasn’t just a nice thing to do, but an important act of ministry.  I suffer from chronic illness which greatly limits my energy, so this was very welcome news – there IS something I CAN do.  Two days later a post came across our prayer chain of a young woman with cancer.  I was so touched by the story I began a piece for her.

This is the first piece I made for someone I had never even met, who I was praying for.  I was not looking for anything back, and got so much satisfaction, sense of purpose, joy, and thanks that I don’t think I’ll ever stop NeedlePrayer.

Emilee by Carmen CS
Emilee, a photo by Carmen CS on Flickr.

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3 thoughts on “Praying for Strangers

  1. rhekelley says:

    While I’ve yet to do a piece for a stranger, I’m enjoying putting NeedlePrayer concepts into practice as I work on my brother’s quilt, and a needlepoint piece for a dear friend (:>) I’m also trying to find more opportunities for prayer in every day life–washing dishes, folding laundry–tasks that often are discouraging now are slowly becoming opportunities for more prayer than just my morning prayer times.

    There’s a wonderful little book called “The Practice of the Presence of God” by a 17th century French monk named Brother Laurence that speaks of this kind of prayer.

    “The time of business does not with me differ from the time of prayer, and in the noise and clatter of my kitchen . . . I possess God in as great tranquility as if I were upon my knees at the blessed sacrament.”

    I think we need to develop both kinds of prayer and I am enjoying learning and practicing NeedlePrayer!

  2. Sounds like a cool book. I just wished it on Paperback Swap… May start showing up in morning readings 😉

  3. Linda symes says:

    This is beautiful Carmen. Who ever received it …it must have truly touched her heart and helped her get through her illness. The Lord is working through you. What a blessing! Happy Easter!

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