It is a way the Nebraska Medical Center is healing without the use of medicine. Pastor Joyce Miller is with the Medical Center’s Pastoral Care Program and says area church congregations are knitting or crocheting shawls and donating them to hospitals. Pastor Miller says these shawls are called Prayer Shawls and are then given to family members if they are experiencing a hardship.
Jean Turner’s husband Don was in the hospital last November after a cardiac arrest. While at the hospital he suffered a series of heart attacks. Turner says when he was at a critical point Pastor Miller presented her with a prayer shawl. Turner stated the shawl was a big comfort at a critical time.
Pastor Miller says congregations make the shawl and pray for healing and health while making them. There is also a note attached to each that lets the recipient know a community of people is there and care. The program just started last month and they have distributed about 20 of the donated shawls.
Turner says receiving the shawl from Pastor Miller was a sign that others were thinking about her and were also hoping for a positive outcome. Turner got her wish. Don Turner is now in rehab and should be home soon.