photo of the blanket described; close-up image; rumpled

photo: Martha Dallas

Today I brought with me this blanket [unfold to show]. This blanket was given to me by my grandmother as a kind of “Welcome to the world” gift when I was a tiny baby. [Pass around for children to see, touch, and hold.] She made it herself: little woven squares of remnants of wool from her other knitting projects. A few of the squares are made of especially soft wool, and when I was little I always knew where those soft squares were and I would rub them on my cheek to feel their softness.

This blanket was a source of comfort and I kept it with me when I wasn’t feeling very good. In fact, once when I was about five I threw up all over it. [Child holding blanket will no doubt glance up in horror!] Don’t worry; I promise it has been washed many times since then!

I kept this on my bed with me for years and years. As time went by, some of the squres got worn out, so more than once my mother replaced them with new ones, and some of these have more modern colors.

This blanket has become a symbol of comfort for me. In fact, as recently as a few years ago, when my dear cat died, I snipped out a few of the old squares and put them with his body when we buried him, to send him off with a bit of wooly comfort when he went his way and I went mine. Doing that gave me comfort too, when I felt the pain of missing him.

Comfort is so important to us when we’re struggling with pain, with hurt, with some kind of wounding. We seek comfort during the process of true healing.

And comfort can come to us in so many forms…. We can receive it from an object, like this blanket. Many of us seek comfort from people who are dear and special to us. Animals can provide comfort, especially our beloved pets. Some places bring us comfort, as do words, songs, music….

So as you go forth today, I invite you to think about your sources of comfort. What brings you comfort through the healing process, the time following pain or hurt, or woundedness? And I invite you to consider sharing that with someone else, someone special who you trust.

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Props: a baby blanket [or other similar comfort object].This Reflection accompanied a service about healing. Because some people may be in a tender place around deep, or particularly painful trauma; and because this needed to be accessible to everyone without opening up painful wounds, or causing worry or fear in children, I focused on comfort. Feelings of dis-comfort come in so many sizes and forms; seeking and experiencing comfort is universal.

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