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Cancer journey; gifted blankets


A bed that should have been cold and lonely, turned out to be a warm place filled with love. The feeling of the soft yarn over my cold weary skin gave me a sense of assurance; that someone was praying for me by name, someone was thinking about me, someone loves me, and someone shared my pain.

It was that season when I was in and out of the hospital. On that 14 the floor; one that was dedicated to liver cancer. I had to get through it, I needed to stay strong.

One of the best gifts I ever received were a couple of blankets from friends;

Prayer blanket; this was orange with a brown strip and it was made by a group of women that prayed for every piece of yarn rolled in. They prayed for me by name; since every blanket is made on order even though it’s a free gift from praying women.

Oma blanket; this is one that was made by my husband’s grandmother. This blanket brought me so much comfort that I still use it on our bed today. It’s soft and special; I know it was made with so much love for my husband and I.

Praying sister blanket; this is my little blue blanket made by a sister friend from church. Made and gifted to me during my cancer journey.

I know one can buy a blanket at a store or perhaps have one made on order but my blankets were and still are special. They were more than just yarn. They were a reminder of many things;

  • Loved
  • Adored
  • Prayed for
  • Remembered
  • Thought of
  • Family
  • Not alone 
  • Worth fighting
  • I was special
  • Part of the body of Christ

As you/we pray for many that are still fighting this fight of cancer, something as simple as a blanket is one of the many ways we could be a blessing to them. I for one know that fighting cancer or any other terminal disease can be a long and lonely road. Let’s love, let’s pray and let’s serve our neighbor, our friends, our brothers and sisters; taking their hand and walking that road with them.

God bless.


29 thoughts on “Cancer journey; gifted blankets

  1. I feel the same way about special quilts that have been gifted to me and I hope the ones who receive special quilts from me as gifts will feel about them as you do about your blankets. My momma taught al of her kids (9 of us) not to be stingy receivers but to let the one gifting the gift that we appreciated the thought and care they expressed. (Even if we didn’t particularly like the gift we were to appreciate the thought behind it.) You, apparently, are a good receiver. Thank you for that and for sharing so others might learn this valuable lesson.

  2. This has to be one of the most inspirational posts. Thank you for sharing. I send you love and the wish that God may smile on you and grant you the peace and comfort that only He can bestow.

  3. What wonderful gifts to have received when you were fighting cancer. I only wish I knew how to knit or crochet so I could have made a couple for my husband!

  4. We had a suitcase with our own bedding for the hospital bed. In a few minutes of checking in, the room was transformed with pictures and things from home. The nurses would laugh that the room looked so much better. Bad days but happy little memories. Love you my Bride

  5. Our church has a prayer shawl ministry and takes the knitted or crocheted shawls to people suffering. Many people knit and it is a great ministry for those home bound to be able to contribute.

  6. I’m glad you had such tangible expressions of love and support from those who love you. Well done for highlighting the significance of such gifts.

    1. That’s beautiful Janet. My babies have wanted to have mine several times but I can’t let go. With these blankets, I can look back and be thankful for the love of many during those hard days. How your health now?

  7. Wrapped in the love of Christ, made and given with love and prayers. What a comforting blessing during one of life’s toughest trials! Thanks for this post.

  8. This is a moving, educational and inspiring post. Thank you for sharing this comfort from your journey. It is a blanket that we, your readers, truly appreciate. I wish you health and happiness.

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