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Sunday, July 29, 2012

Yarn Scraps and Sunday's Epistle Reading

What does one do with a mismatched menagerie of yarn scraps?  They've all been used for different individual projects which were particularly well suited to their specific traits.  It was an easy fit.  They matched.

But what now?  They've come together in an ordinary place, the yarn basket.  

They are a motley crew.  They will clash, offend, and accomplish nothing, ....if left disparate.

Each has a history.  Each has spun love and warmth and beauty.  They could spend their time pressing for dominance.  Each could focus upon pushing her prior project as superior, or as the ideal fit for all of the others.  And the truth is, some projects were probably nicer than others.  But that approach will hardly be productive, will it?

But here is the thing.  They all have different traits and gifts given them by their creator. 

 All of those traits a gifts may fit together magnificently if they are joined together in unity. 

In the projects they came from, the unity was one of common purpose and design.  It is easy to fit in with your own familiar project members.  It is not so easy to blend and harmonize when you find yourself in the yarn basket.

Still, they find themselves here, with a newly shared purpose in the hands of their designer.  They might be tempted, still, to puff themselves up with pride, or to mat down tightly and feel less valuable than the others.  It is yarn nature to feel these ways, sometimes.

They may not yet be blocked square.  Loose ends may not yet be weaved in.  There is time for that.  
They have to start somewhere.

And when each plays her assigned part, with the gifts given her, the whole body grows up in maturity and becomes seamlessly delightful and quite functional.

They can come together here, in a scrap afgan, enjoy their time, share their gifts, and the result can be beautiful.  


Ephesians 4:1-16

King James Version (KJV)
I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called,
With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love;
Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling;
One Lord, one faith, one baptism,
One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.
But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ.
Wherefore he saith, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men.
(Now that he ascended, what is it but that he also descended first into the lower parts of the earth?
10 He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that he might fill all things.)
11 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;
12 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:
13 Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:
14 That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;
15 But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:
16 From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.

Pax Christi, Dear Ones,
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  1. What a neat little lesson from some leftover yarn! :) Thanks for sharing.

  2. Another beautiful illustration. I so appreciate your thoughtful lessons, shared here. Really glad you've linked again. xo

  3. These little "misfits" will look lovely when crocheted all together. Great lesson. Also reminds me of an afghan (today they're called throws) I made way back when I was a teenager (back in the dark ages). I made it by this pattern. Unfortunately it was stolen when someone broke into our home about 40 years ago. I still have it in my heart though.

  4. What a beautiful life meditation. Do your best with what you have! Lovely! Thanks so much for sharing!


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