Lent 2 – Wednesday – The Trinity Stitch

Knitting Idea:  The Trinity Stitch!  For You Tube directions go here!  In order to knit this stitch, you need to work with multiplies of four stitches so you may need to increase your border on each size by a few stitches to make it work.

I’m using 48 stitches, 4 stitches at each end I’m continuing to do a seed stitch which means I have 40 stitches to use for the Trinity Stitch.

Trinity Stitch:  (Maintain seed stitch border on each row)

Row 1:  (Seed stitch first four stitches) Purl entire row (for me this is 40 stitches) (Seed stitches, last four stitches)

Row 2:  (Seed stitch first four stitches) in the next stitch K1,P1,K1 (watch the video, you are making three stitches out of one), P the next 3 stitches together. Repeat to the end of the row, do the seed stitch border.

Row 3:  Keep seed stitch border and purl the rest of the row.

Row 4:  Keep seed stitch border and then P the next 3 stitches together, in the next stitch, K1,P1,K1.  Repeat the rest of the row.

Reflection:

The concept of the Trinity is beyond explaining.  I’ll spare you the Greek words that the Cappadocian Fathers used to try and explain it but I can’t resist including this quotation from Gregory of Nazianzus (one of the Cappadocian Fathers):

“No sooner do I conceive of the One than I am illumined by the splendour of the Three; no sooner do I distinguish Three than I am carried back into the One. When I think of any of the Three, I think of Him as the Whole, and my eyes are filled, and the greater part of what I am thinking escapes me. I cannot grasp the greatness of that One so as to attribute a greater greatness to the rest. When I contemplate the Three together, I see but one torch, and cannot divide or measure out the undivided light.

I have seen priests use a variety of material objects to help people to understand this doctrine such as a hard boiled egg (shell, egg white, yolk), water (liquid, solid, steam), apple (skin, flesh, core) and now knitting!  Make three stitches in one and then knit the three together and voila!  We are back to one.  Obviously, all of these attempts are an extreme oversimplification of what was trying to be expressed by those struggling with the doctrine.

I find the history of the doctrine of the Trinity fascinating and it is the idea of community that I find is most important.  I have an icon of the Trinity that looks like this:

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Three people sitting around a table.  If you want to learn more about this icon go here.

God is community.  We need community.  More on this tomorrow but for today, ask yourself – what is community?  Where do I experience community?  What is a Christian community?  What do I want from community?

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Lent 2 – Tuesday Symmetry

Knitting Idea:  Four more rows of stocknette with the seed stitch border because I like symmetry!

Row 1:  Seed stitch (first four stitches) Knit the rest of the row and then seed stitch on the last four stitches.

Row 2:  Seed stitch (first four stitches) Purl the rest of the row and then seed stitch on the last four stitches.

Row 3:  Repeat row 1

Row 4:  Repeat row 2

Reflection:

sym·me·try
ˈsimətrē/
noun
  1. the quality of being made up of exactly similar parts facing each other or around an axis.
    “this series has a line of symmetry through its center”
    synonyms: regularity, evenness, uniformityconsistencyconformitycorrespondenceequalityMore

    • correct or pleasing proportion of the parts of a thing.
      “an overall symmetry making the poem pleasant to the ear”
      synonyms: regularity, evenness, uniformityconsistencyconformitycorrespondenceequality;

      I find symmetry comforting and beautiful.  I long for consistency sometimes.  It never is present for long in my life.  Things seem to be always changing.  I bought a puppy four weeks ago and I’ve been trying to get her on a schedule.  Consistency is key with puppies and babies but the puppy is growing so fast, a specific schedule doesn’t last for long.  same is true for children, just when you have a good schedule going, they decide to give up their morning nap.

      So I choose some symmetry in the knitting project – something I can control.  Eight rows of stocknette before the cables and eight rows after.  The symmetry reminds me of God’s unchangeable power.  The Episcopal church has a prayer that starts:  “O God of unchangeable power and eternal light.”  The love of God is powerful and unchangeable.  It is consistent and regular like the dawning and setting of the sun.  It is the bookends that hold us up, gives us strength and helps us to keep going in a fast changing and sometimes scary world.

      We can always count on the power of God’s love.  It’s there, never changing, always for the asking, providing energy, resilience, courage, guidance, hope and peace.  Going back to the basics, taking a breather, knitting another four simple rows, creating consistent stitches all of which creates the canvas for the next step.  We stay open to God’s call.  Where will this unchangeable love take us?

Lent 2 – Monday: Back to Basics!

 

Knitting Idea:  Row 1 – K1,P1,K1,P1, Knit the rest of the stitches until 4 stitches remain then P1, K1, P1, K1 (So we are knitting this row and keeping our seed stitch border going)

Row 2 – K1, P1, K1, P1, purl the rest of the stitches until 4 stitches remain and then P1,K1,P1,K1

Row 3 – repeat row 1

Row 4 – repeat row 2

Reflection:

It’s always necessary to go back to the basics!  Ballerinas start everything with pliés at the bar.  This basic move is the foundation of jumps, spins, and  most steps.  In knitting, the basics are the knit and purl stitches.  Everything happens from these basic stitches.

The most basic prayer I can think of is “help”.  It’s the moment when we realize we are not in control, we can’t go it alone, and then we reach out to a greater power.

Desperation is often the foundation of prayer.  Prayer takes hold when we give up trying to control the things we have no control over and surrender.  At times in my life, I hated the concept of surrendering to some kind of power I wasn’t sure of but now I see this power as Love with a capital L.  I know Huey Lewis and the News are ahead of me on this with the song about the power of Love but we all know that Love is powerful.

Love is what gets us up in the wee hours of the morning when we have only gotten twenty minutes of sleep to go comfort a crying baby.  Love is what keeps us working at finding funding to help the homeless.  Love is what gives us the courage to knock on a neighbor’s door to see if they need help.  Love is why we spend hours knitting a sweater, afghan, or a hat for our kids, grandkids, and complete strangers.  Love is energy and power and one way to connect to it is through prayer.

Love is the answer we are looking for when we cry for help.  No matter what happens, we can endure if we have love.

What do you do when you go back to the basics?  What action do you take?  How do you restart?

No matter what happened with your knitting, just go back to the basics, reorient and connect with the power of love.

 

 

Lent 1 – Saturday, 10 days in…

Knitting Idea:

Now that we have created three center circles, it’s time to move on.  Today finishes the cable section.

Pattern abbreviations:  C4F (Slip 2 stitches onto cable needle, hold them in front of work, K2 and then K2 stitches from the cable needle- video instructions here) RC2/2 (Slip 2 purl stitches onto the cable needle and hold in back of work, K2, P2 stitches from the cable needle) LC2/2 (Slip next two knit stitches onto the cable needle, P2 then knit the stitches from the cable needle) C4B (Slip 2 stitches to the cable needle, hold them in back of work, K2, then K2 stitches from the cable needle

Pattern suggestion:  

Row 1:  K1,P1,K1,P1,  P4,  C4F,  P4,  C4F,  P2, LC2/2,  RC2/2,  P2, C4B,  P4,  C4B, P1, K1, P1, K1

Row 2, 3 and 4 are all the same:  K1,P1,K1,P1,  (P4,K4) a total of five times   P1, K1, P1, K1

Reflection:

We are one quarter of the way on our Lenten journey.  Think of it as freshman year of high school.  Everything is new, we’re trying to figure out a routine, maybe pieces of this have been challenging but we made it through.  We may have had to start over a few times but we persevered.  You’re still reading!

The next 10 days will be the hardest, just like sophomore year.  The newness has worn off and now we have to keep at it and encourage each other.

Here are some suggestions for keeping at your spiritual discipline.  First congratulate yourself for what you have accomplished.  Ask yourself, what was this like for me?  What worked?  What didn’t work?  What do I want to change?  What is getting in the way of my discipline?  Remember why you wanted to do this in the first place.

Forging on will help us to know more God more deeply, the one who knows us, who knit us together.

From Psalm 139

For it was you who formed my inward parts;
you knit me together in my mother’s womb. 
14 I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
Wonderful are your works;
that I know very well. 
15   My frame was not hidden from you,
when I was being made in secret,
intricately woven in the depths of the earth. 
16 Your eyes beheld my unformed substance.
In your book were written
all the days that were formed for me,
when none of them as yet existed. 
17 How weighty to me are your thoughts, O God!
How vast is the sum of them! 
18 I try to count them—they are more than the sand;
I come to the end*—I am still with you.

STAY WITH US!!!!!

 

 

Lent 1 – Friday – the power of the Holy Spirit!

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Knitting Idea:

The last iteration of these cables (this is the third in the Trinity – Holy Spirit)

Pattern abbreviations:  C4F (Slip 2 stitches onto cable needle, hold them in front of work, K2 and then K2 stitches from the cable needle- video instructions here) RC2/2 (Slip 2 purl stitches onto the cable needle and hold in back of work, K2, P2 stitches from the cable needle) LC2/2 (Slip next two knit stitches onto the cable needle, P2 then knit the stitches from the cable needle) C4B (Slip 2 stitches to the cable needle, hold them in back of work, K2, then K2 stitches from the cable needle

Pattern suggestion:  

Row 1:  K1,P1,K1,P1,  P4,  C4F,  P4,  C4F,  P2, LC2/2,  RC2/2,  P2, C4B,  P4,  C4B, P1, K1, P1, K1

Row 2, 3 and 4 are all the same:  K1,P1,K1,P1,  (P4,K4) a total of five times   P1, K1, P1, K1

Reflection:

I love how the Spirit is described at Pentecost – a powerful wind, a tongue of fire, voices speaking different languages yet still being understood.  The Spirit is the gift God gave us after Jesus left.  A comforter, a counselor, a source of energy that guides and motivates.

Discernment is a group activity.  It’s hard to know where the Spirit is leading us if we are left to ourselves.  It’s hard to differentiate between our own thoughts and the prompting of the Spirit but a group can often discern the difference.

Whoever thought that planting a garden at a church with the least amount of land in the Diocese in the middle of the city would be a good idea?  How did a priest who wanted to farm end up with a Deacon who felt the same way?  How did a very small parish with a small membership maintain five gardens and produce 3300 pounds of food?  How did they run a farm stand every Saturday during July and August and host a bunch of interns?

Through the power of the Holy Spirit.

Doors open, people show up, work gets done through the power of the Holy Spirit.  Prayerful discernment reveals the work of the Spirit which is already going on in our midst.  It’s like a river with a good swift current, all we have to do is jump in and we get somewhere fast.

We have trouble getting people in our doors on Sunday but through the power of the Holy Spirit we have plenty of people in the gardens.  This year we may have seven gardens, seven more places the Spirit will be working, producing food, creating a safe place in a challenged neighborhood, and providing a venue for healing and prayer.

All through the power of the Holy Spirit.

 

Lent 1 – Thursday – The power of the name

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Knitting Idea:

Same as Tuesday.

Pattern abbreviations:  C4F (Slip 2 stitches onto cable needle, hold them in front of work, K2 and then K2 stitches from the cable needle- video instructions here) RC2/2 (Slip 2 purl stitches onto the cable needle and hold in back of work, K2, P2 stitches from the cable needle) LC2/2 (Slip next two knit stitches onto the cable needle, P2 then knit the stitches from the cable needle) C4B (Slip 2 stitches to the cable needle, hold them in back of work, K2, then K2 stitches from the cable needle

Pattern suggestion:  

Row 1:  K1,P1,K1,P1,  P4,  C4F,  P4,  C4F,  P2, LC2/2,  RC2/2,  P2, C4B,  P4,  C4B, P1, K1, P1, K1

Row 2, 3 and 4 are all the same:  K1,P1,K1,P1,  (P4,K4) a total of five times   P1, K1, P1, K1

Reflection:

I have been praying the Jesus prayer as I close the second center circular cable.  This prayer has changed my life.  I’ve tried to say it as often as I can every day for the past 20 years.  It’s a calming and focusing prayer and it goes like this:  “Lord Jesus Christ have mercy on me.”  That is the short version.  The long version is “Lord Jesus Christ, son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.”  I find that when I say it over and over and over it changes my mood.  When I say it in a group, you can sense the change in the room.

I’ll never forget the day my supervisor in the hospital told me about that prayer.  I was a chaplain dealing with a man who had just been declared brain dead.  His wife was one of seven kids and all of them had shown up with their families and 40 some odd people were milling around while the medical staff hovered over the body hoping the family would decide to donate the organs.  I was having a hard time dealing with everything about that situation.  My supervisor showed up and asked me if I knew the Jesus prayer.  I didn’t.  He said, there is power in that name.  Jesus communicated God’s love to the world.  You are a chaplain and you need to remind these people they are loved by God and their loved one is loved by God.  Just say the prayer under your breath and you’ll know what to do.

We gathered the family together and the entire group sat and prayed in the hospital room.  The love and grief was palpable.  The family struggled the entire night trying to decide what to do about organ donation.  They donated them.  Love won out.

The story of Jesus life, ministry, death and resurrection is about love winning out.  When we call on Jesus, we call on that love, and healing takes place.

 

Lent 1 Wednesday – Repetition

Knitting Idea (Same as Monday) We are in the middle of the second iteration of this pattern.  We’ll close this circle tomorrow and do one more completed one before moving on to a new pattern,

Pattern abbreviations:  C4F (Slip 2 stitches onto cable needle, hold them in front of work, K2 and then K2 stitches from the cable needle- video instructions here) RC2/2 (Slip 2 purl stitches onto the cable needle and hold in back of work, K2, P2 stitches from the cable needle) LC2/2 (Slip next two knit stitches onto the cable needle, P2 then knit the stitches from the cable needle) C4B (Slip 2 stitches to the cable needle, hold them in back of work, K2, then K2 stitches from the cable needle

Row 1: K1,P1,K1,P1(seed stitch edge) P4, C4F, P4, C4F, P2, RC2/2, LC2/2, P2, C4B, P4, C4B, P1,K1,P1,K1

Row 2:  K1,P1,K1,P1,  P4, K4, P4,  K2, P2, K4, P2, K2, P4, K4, P4, K4,  P1,K1,P1,K1

Row 3:  K1,P1,K1,P1,  P4, K4, P4, K4 ,P2, K2, P4, K2, P2, K4, P4, K4,  P1,K1,P1,K1

Row 4:  same as Row 2

Reflection

Scripture and prayer are a powerful combination.  There are so many ways to pray with scripture.  Today, I want to talk about the Psalms.  Monastics pray the entire Psalter on a regular basis.  I have tried to do this and it’s hard.  It’s hard to read 4 complete Psalms at the end of a long day and try to be present to them.

But the Psalms are powerful.  For those of us who say them on a weekly basis in church, there are some lines that hit us in the gut, that seem to speak in a profound way to our current situation.  When we pray the psalms over and over and over the poetry starts to penetrate.  After psalm immersion, the line we most need comes unbidden to our brains.  They seem to appear out of no where.  The comfort of the 23rd Psalm being the best example.  Or when times are tough and we are suffering psalm 22 comes to mind “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”

The psalm appointed for today is Psalm 51.  “Create in me a new heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.”  Ps. 51: 11  This is a wonderful petition for times when we are turning back to God.  Once a quarter I try to go to confession one on one with a priest.  I used to go to this older priest who had been praying the psalms for years.  After he heard my confession, he would give me a psalm to read that had the perfect lines for my situation.  I finally asked him how he did it and he said he didn’t know.  The number of the psalm would just come into his head and he trusted that it would speak to me.

Pick up the bible, open to the psalms and just pick one and read it.  What did you find?

Open my lips, O Lord, and my mouth will proclaim your praise! Ps. 51:16

Lent 1 – Tuesday – Closing the circle

Knitting Idea:  So I’m keeping the cables going.  The two cables on each side are “leaning” toward the cable in the middle which is the kind of cable that opens and then closes.

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I’m going to do three iterations of this pattern.  During the first, I’m praying about God.  Here is the pattern suggestion for today that will bring you to what you see in the pictures.

Pattern abbreviations:  C4F (Slip 2 stitches onto cable needle, hold them in front of work, K2 and then K2 stitches from the cable needle- video instructions here) RC2/2 (Slip 2 purl stitches onto the cable needle and hold in back of work, K2, P2 stitches from the cable needle) LC2/2 (Slip next two knit stitches onto the cable needle, P2 then knit the stitches from the cable needle) C4B (Slip 2 stitches to the cable needle, hold them in back of work, K2, then K2 stitches from the cable needle

Pattern suggestion:  

Row 1:  K1,P1,K1,P1,  P4,  C4F,  P4,  C4F,  P2, LC2/2,  RC2/2,  P2, C4B,  P4,  C4B, P1, K1, P1, K1

Row 2, 3 and 4 are all the same:  K1,P1,K1,P1,  (P4,K4) a total of five times   P1, K1, P1, K1

Reflection:

The closed cable is the first part of the Trinity, God.  I am a God person.  When I preach, I’ll talk about Jesus because it is through the life, ministry, death and resurrection that I know God.  I’ll talk about the Holy Spirit because I feel the power of the Holy Spirit in the church community.  But I have to admit I speak mostly of God.  Which part of the trinity do you talk/pray/ think about the most?

The Gospel appointed for today is Matthew 6:7-15.

‘When you are praying, do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do; for they think that they will be heard because of their many words.Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.

‘Pray then in this way:
Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name. 
   Your kingdom come.
Your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven. 
   Give us this day our daily bread. 
   And forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors. 
   And do not bring us to the time of trial,
but rescue us from the evil one. 
For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you; but if you do not forgive others, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

There is so much to be said about the Lord’s prayer.  I was giving a talk about prayer recently at St. Mary’s and a woman asked me “What if we don’t get what we want when we pray?”  I gave her a long winded ’round about answer that waxed on about biology and what God does and doesn’t seem to do which was really missing the point.  I ended by saying what I have discovered is truth – we don’t always get what we want.  Of course all of our brains shifted into the Rolling Stone’s song “You can’t always get what you want” since we all seemed to be from the same era.  The woman’s brain went there as well, because right after I said “we don’t always get what we want” her face registered an “aha” moment and she said “But we get what we need.”

I believe that we get what we need from prayer.  There is power in praying.  It is the way we access God’s love that is always there, connect to it intentionally, and say yes to it doing whatever it needs to do in us.  There is strength and there is healing.

Today more than ever, I pray “your will be done, your kingdom come”.  May we help make it so.

Lent 1 – Monday – Getting Connected

Knitting Idea:  Cables.  I happen to love cabling so I think I’ll cable for a bit and then go on to something else.  If you haven’t cabled before – try it!  If you are a real beginner try a basket stitch (Instructions here)  In the video on basket stitch the woman uses 6 stitches but you can use 4 or any number you want.  Refuse to be frustrated with the knitting.  Get creative!  Branch out!  Do what you want.

Pattern abbreviations:  C4F (Slip 2 stitches onto cable needle, hold them in front of work, K2 and then K2 stitches from the cable needle- video instructions here) RC2/2 (Slip 2 purl stitches onto the cable needle and hold in back of work, K2, P2 stitches from the cable needle) LC2/2 (Slip next two knit stitches onto the cable needle, P2 then knit the stitches from the cable needle) C4B (Slip 2 stitches to the cable needle, hold them in back of work, K2, then K2 stitches from the cable needle

Row 1: K1,P1,K1,P1(seed stitch edge) P4, C4F, P4, C4F, P2, RC2/2, LC2/2, P2, C4B, P4, C4B, P1,K1,P1,K1

Row 2:  K1,P1,K1,P1,  P4, K4, P4,  K2, P2, K4, P2, K2, P4, K4, P4, K4,  P1,K1,P1,K1

Row 3:  K1,P1,K1,P1,  P4, K4, P4, K4 ,P2, K2, P4, K2, P2, K4, P4, K4,  P1,K1,P1,K1

Row 4:  same as Row 2

Reflection:

My heart is heavy with the news from Florida.  We need to figure out what action to take in response to these horrible events.  I’m encouraged that these students are taking some action to keep this issue in front of all of us.  My prayer is to ask God, what can I do about this in my corner of the world.  What action can I take?

And now a few words about how prayer works for me.

There is no wrong way to pray just as there is no wrong way to create whatever you are creating during this knit along.  Countless experts and mystics have written about prayer.  Benedictines consider their work (no matter what it is) as a form of prayer.  Prayer is a way we are in relationship with God.

I sit in prayer and usually nothing happens. Sometimes, I’ll get an idea but mostly it is jus a nice comfortable silence.  It used to be much harder, my mind would just gallop from thought to thought.  My Russian Orthodox Spiritual Director would say, “You can’t help the thoughts that come into your head, they are like birds landing on a tree branch, but you don’t have to let them build a nest.”  It was a great image for me.  I shoo the thoughts away or I write them down if they are important.  I don’t let them build a nest.  I don’t follow the “what if” roads like “what if my grandchild was in that High School in Florida.” These are not helpful thoughts.  Instead I ask God to give the families left behind the strength they need to meet the days ahead and pray for guidance for myself.  What can I personally do to make things better?  But usually, I have no answers in that moment.  So I sit.  I pray for others, I pray and ask guidance about different situations, I ask for help with my own problems, and sometimes I just sit wondering how to really connect.

But we are connected to God.  We are wrapped like the stitches of a cable.  We wait on God sitting on the cable needle, putting God’s stitches ahead of us.  When we get knit into the pattern we are intertwined making something beautiful.   Things happen in my life when I pray regularly.  Nothing really happens during the prayer but the rest of my life changes.  Ideas come easier, there is a heightened state of creativity, relationships improve, there is a heightened awareness of God’s presence, and everything seems just a little bit different, just a little bit better, and there is an ultimate feeling of wholeness.  Prayer helps us align ourselves with God’s will.  When we are aligned, we are better able to see those moments of grace that are happening all around us.

The Prayer:

Almighty and everlasting God, mercifully increase in us your gifts of holy discipline, in almsgiving, prayer, and fasting: that our lives may be directed to the fulfilling of your most gracious will; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit one God, for ever and ever.  AMEN!

First Saturday in Lent – Setting up for Forgiveness

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!

Reflection:

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.