Fabric of life
Listen to this daily worship
2 Timothy 1: 3-5 (NRSVA)
3 I am grateful to God—whom I worship with a clear conscience, as my ancestors did—when I remember you constantly in my prayers night and day. 4 Recalling your tears, I long to see you so that I may be filled with joy. 5 I am reminded of your sincere faith, a faith that lived first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice and now, I am sure, lives in you.
We are all threads in a cloth. Not just one cloth but also in each others’ cloth.
Did you have a Lois figure in your life? Someone whose faith was shaped by experiences that happened long before you were born. Someone who offered you wisdom and advice. Someone from whom you learned tradition, and mistakes. Their thread has woven into your fabric and become part of your faith. In your life there may also be a Eunice figure. Someone who nurtured you and your faith. Who had a big influence when you were younger and maybe still does. Their thread is woven tightly into your fabric too.
As you live and grow in life and faith, there will continue to be threads. Although most of our textile is our own and God’s handiwork it will always include colours, patterns and missed stitches from those around us whether parents, grandparents, alloparents, children or friends.
As you go about your day today, think about your fabric. Think about what kind of threads you are including in it. Think about what kind of thread you are weaving into other people’s fabric too.
Dear God who weaves us all
Thank you that we are patterned to be communities
Help us to stitch communities of openness and faith
Teach us to weave strong bonds with each other and the natural world