Apparently God wanted the shawl to go to someone else. I walked into church this morning, knelt in the pew and prayed, as I always do, and my eyes alighted upon a tiny woman praying a couple of pews in front of me. I knew instantly that the shawl was hers so during the Peace, I edged out of the pew and walked up to her and handed the shawl and a card explaining it all to her. She was taken aback but graciously accepted it. She told me later she cried a few tears of happiness.
The priest told me later that this sweetheart was someone who definitely was in need of the shawl today but she didn't explain why.
The verse I meditated on was Jeremiah 29:11: I know that thoughts I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.