REMEMBER NO POST TOMORROW – WE TAKE SUNDAY’S OFF TO GO TO CHURCH!
Knitting idea: I’ve decided to set myself up to do some cables. Here are my four rows for today. I’m doing seed stitch of the first four stitches and the last four stitches. In the middle I’m purling four stitches and then knitting four stitches. On the wrong side I’m keep the seed stitches going on the ends and knitting the knit stitches and purling the purl stitches in the middle.
Row 1: (seed stitch K1,P1,K1,P1) P4,K4,p4,K4,P4,K4,P4,K4,P4,K4 (seed stitch P1,K1,P1,K1) Row 2: (seed stitch P1,K1,P1,K1) P4,K4,P4,K4,P4,K4,P4,K4,P4,K4 (seed stitch K1,P1,K1,P1)
Row 3 (Repeat row 1) Row 4 (repeat row 2)
Remember you can decide to create your own pattern. True Confession: I have no idea where this is going and this is my first time creating a pattern. I’m just taking it day to day!
One of the lectionary readings appointed for today is Isaiah 58:9-14. Read it slowly to yourself. Set yourself up for lent. Know that when you cry, God will be there. I’m going to bold some parts that spoke to me.
Then you shall call, and the Lord will answer;
you shall cry for help, and he will say, Here I am.
If you remove the yoke from among you,
the pointing of the finger, the speaking of evil,
if you offer your food to the hungry
and satisfy the needs of the afflicted,
then your light shall rise in the darkness
and your gloom be like the noonday.
The Lord will guide you continually,
and satisfy your needs in parched places,
and make your bones strong;
and you shall be like a watered garden,
like a spring of water,
whose waters never fail.
Your ancient ruins shall be rebuilt;
you shall raise up the foundations of many generations;
you shall be called the repairer of the breach,
the restorer of streets to live in.
If you refrain from trampling the sabbath,
from pursuing your own interests on my holy day;
if you call the sabbath a delight
and the holy day of the Lord honourable;
if you honour it, not going your own ways,
serving your own interests, or pursuing your own affairs;
then you shall take delight in the Lord,
and I will make you ride upon the heights of the earth;
I will feed you with the heritage of your ancestor Jacob,
for the mouth of the Lord has spoken.
I find this passage so comforting. We cry for help and God is there. “Here I am,” says God. Once we let go of pointing the finger, speaking of evil and focus on the hungry and the afflicted, we will enable the Lord’s guidance. That can be hard. I had a person recently ask me how to forgive someone she had been angry at for years. She wanted to forgive but her feelings were still raw and I could see the anger in her face. All we can do is cry for help and God will be there. We can ask God to help us forgive and in the meantime focus on helping others and allowing ourselves to be loved. Let the seed of forgiveness be planted in our hearts and God will help it to grow.
I love the image of being like a watered garden, all green and lush, heavily laden with fruit ready to pick. God’s waters never fail. We say yes to growth, yes to God and eventually yes to forgiveness. It takes the time it takes. We can be open to God’s help.
A prayer for your knitting time:
Psalm 86 Verse 11 Teach me your way, O Lord, and I will walk in your truth; knit my heart to you that I may be in awe of your name.