“Sometimes your heart speaks better through your hands.” ~ Unknown
Women and men who were at the cornerstone of the family and community back in the days when our country was founded were all crafts persons. Handcrafting was done both at home and in a group. Sometimes whole communities of ladies made quilts for new babies, dresses for brides and clothing for children in other families if their mothers had met their demise. Group crafting, such as prayer shawl ministries, have been in churches across the country for decades and decades, and they have not completely gone by the wayside.
Group crafting builds connection and wholeness. Isn’t it lovely when people are compassionate and wish good thoughts and positive energy on others? I think it is a nice thought that someone might be praying for you or for me!
According to this article from Smithsonian Magazine, there has been an increase in handcrafting which is beneficial in helping people cope with stress, uncertain times, grief and sadness. Handcrafting provides both diversion and an outlet – relief from what ails us.
Prayer Ministries typically knit and crochet prayer shawls, lap robes or prayer patches.
These tangible items for people to hold on to are greatly appreciated by
people in hospitals, nursing homes and veteran homes.
Come on back next time. I have a short story to tell about moving from a state of “an unwell society to healthier attitudes” as we move out of social distancing to connecting with others once again.