ONE OF THE LAST THINGS IN MY MOTHER’S HANDS…

Dear World Vision/Knit for Kids, For many years I watched my mother’s hands work her knitting needles completing dozens of child-size sweaters. She never used the same yarn, so it was always a treat to see the rainbow of colors she chose. She would complete one and then lovingly wrap it in tissue paper and pack it and mail it to your sweater program. I loved the sounds of her needles clicking away. Her heart was for the Lord and it came out in her fingertips and her lips, as she would pray over the sweaters as she created them, never knowing whom they would go to or where in the world they would end up. She prayed for the unknown child who would be kept warm by her efforts and safe by the love of her God. Mom went to be with the Lord in June 2004. As my sisters and I went through her things we came upon an incomplete sweater still on the circular needle with all the yarn to finish the project. I took those things with the good intention of re-learning how to knit as she had taught me so many years ago. The unfinished sweater sat in her old sewing cabinet for years. In 2013 I tried to knit again only to find out that a torn tendon in my rotator cuff made it too painful to knit. Pondering the sweater for another year brought me to the realization that hands other than mine were needed to get the job done. I sought out a good friend and master knitter. I took the completed rows, the yarn, and the directions to her with a plea that she complete it not for me but for the child awaiting it. She did the same kind of job my mother would have done using her hands and her prayers. Now about a year later I am finally ready to part with one of the last things my mother held in her hands. I know that somewhere there is a little girl or boy who needs not only this sweater for warmth but also the love of Jesus to protect and comfort. Please accept this sweater with the prayers of my mother, my sisters and myself. Yours in Christ, Sue Groves