Prayers in the Stitches

Prayer blanket.jpgA few weeks ago I met a young mom who doesn’t have a lot.   How we met I won’t share because no one needs to know but I will share what happened.

In our conversation she expressed her desire to learn how to crochet and told me how much she would like to have a blanket like one of mine she had seen.  She had some yarn she wasn’t using so we swapped her yarn for my ability and last night I finished her blanket.

It is my habit when I crochet to pray for the person I’m creating the item for.  It’s a habit I got into many years ago.  It’s not huge fancy prayers but just little breaths of prayer which cross my mind and my lips once in  a while.  You can’t see them in the stitches but I know they are there and my Creator knows too.  The Creator also knows what the person is in need of so I don’t presume to pray specifics but rather I pray for the will of the Divine in that person’s life.

Many blankets, hats, sweaters and even dish cloths have passed through my fingers and into other people’s lives.  My children and grandchildren all have blankets and a few other people who I thought might appreciate it.  I’m not always sure my prayers have worked but that is not mine to judge so I continue with my silly little habit.

Last night I put the finishing touches on the blanket I was making for this young woman I don’t know.  I sent her a message and asked if I could drop it off to her.  We set the time and so I showed up but there were police vehicles close to the spot.  I kept my distance and sent her a message.

I was sad to learn that she had some very difficult things to deal with today.  I don’t know details and don’t need to but it seemed she was struggling with a relationship and had been hurt.  When she finally met me she had tears in her lovely eyes and marks on her small body.  The cause of both was obvious.  As I handed her the bag she let me know she was moving and she said she would be in touch.

Everything in me wanted to hug her but I just told her the blanket would give her a hug tonight.  I pray it does.

That she got the blanket today might be a coincidence… or it might not.




About Peggy Guiler

You just never know what show up on my blog. As the name implies it is about the stuff of life just like Spilt Milk. Everyday events spark thought and contemplation. Special events in the community, the country or the world may strike a cord and get me talking. Sometimes it's about people in my life or circumstances, sometimes about my garden, sometimes about a book or a political issue. Always it's about something I am passionate about. In my business, River of Hope Enterprises (, I work as an "Certified Coach" (International Coach Federation), a trainer, consultant and speaker. and as a spiritual director. I also drive a school bus to keep the wolf from the door while I build my business. I love the kids on the bus (most of the time). My family is grown and I have three grandkids who thrill my heart but I don't get to see any of them very often. Circumstances of life have made "family" difficult. My son died by suicide at age 16 in 2000 and the strain on our family relationships since has been huge. Mental health is a field where I worked for almost 22 years and where I still do some consulting and training. That combined with my own battle with depression and my son's death weave together to form some of my greatest soap box items: suicide intervention, suicide bereavement and peer support in mental health are right on the top of my list. Social justice is an underlying passion. Keeping the wolf from the door as a single parent was full-time work and my career path as a journalists was augmented with cleaning contracts, cooking, retail clerk, and bartending. I have known hard work and am grateful for the experience and perspective it has given me. A firmly grounded faith and a passion for learning has now taken me toward a new field as a Spiritual Director and I am soon adding to that a license to marry people. As I move toward retirement I am very aware that I have to keep working so I chose to do things which will meet my modest financial needs and also my love of supporting people in their life journey. Woven into all of this is my love of writing. Trained as a Journalist, and having worked in the field as a freelance news writer for many years, I have a great love for writing. This blog is a new beginning for me. As I hone my skills and begin to form a daily discipline of writing I hope it will lead to more writing in the future.
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One Response to Prayers in the Stitches

  1. barbframpton says:

    This is very touching Peg. And at wonderful act of kindness!

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