Something as insignificant, numerous, and downright pesky as a sparrow is still remarkably valuable to God. How much more valuable, then, is each person? A prayer shawl is a tangible reminder of how much God cares about each person He has created.
One day, I made a prayer shawl for a precious lady at church, who had been diagnosed with cancer. It felt so good to be able to do that simple something for her, something that made her feel special and important -- not forgotten, not a statistic, but a living, feeling, breathing person of value. She sent me a very sweet thank-you note back and I was nearly brought to tears. Unfortunately, she is not with us anymore. She passed away in March of 2015, after a couple rounds of chemotherapy that siphoned the strength from her body. I am thankful that she is with the Heavenly Father now. She doesn't have to fight anymore.
All of a sudden, it became clear to me -- this was a ministry that I could be part of. I am able to use the abilities that God has given me, coupled with the experiences I have been through as a leukemia (CML) survivor, to reach out to others who may feel the same as I did. I used to feel that somehow it was my fault that I got cancer, and I had become a burden on my family and society. I felt that my life was worth nothing now that I was "sick." I now realize that this is not true. I still am a person of value and have tremendous worth. As I look around at others who are going through sickness, I don't feel that they are a drain on society or on their families, but I'll bet they do. I don't want anyone to feel the way I did. I want them to know how much God loves and cares for them. I want them to feel special and significant. My hope is that by giving cancer patients an item that I have made, they will feel special, valued, and hopeful for the future.