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.

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