Apr 21, 2022Meditation & Reflection: Life is like a tapestry

Meditation & Reflection: Life is like a tapestry

Kim Snodgrass Two-minute read.   Resources
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Life can feel chaotic, we can get all tangled up when frustration, uncertainties, sorrow, pain, grief, and depression when something seems to appear from nowhere, or never seems to really leave. Tapestries are a good analogy for reflection on this human condition because there is much that is hidden, at least for now, from our eyes.

“For we are his handiwork, created in Christ Jesus for the good works that God has prepared in advance, that we should live in them.”

Ephesians 2:10

Anyone who has seen a tapestry from the backside understands it can look like a mess. What looks so beautiful on the front bears no resemblance to the knots, hanging threads, and random colors on the back. However, the back full of loose ends work together to give shape, meaning, and structure to the front. Altering the seemingly haphazard threads would be a mistake because each adds value to the masterpiece planned for the other side. When we experience hard times in life, our knots and loose threads form us into who we are.

The poem Life Is But A Weaving by Grant Colfax Tullar illustrates this beautifully…

My life is but a weaving Between my God and me. I cannot choose the colors He weaveth steadily. Oft’ times He weaveth sorrow; And I in foolish pride forget He sees the upper and I the underside. Not ‘til the loom is silent and the shuttles cease to fly, will God unroll the canvas and reveal the reason why. The dark threads are as needful in the weaver’s skillful hand, as the threads of gold and silver in the pattern He has planned. He knows, He loves, He cares; nothing this truth can dim. He gives the very best to those Who leave the choice to Him.

Incrementally, stitch by stitch, the Master Weaver is in the process of creating a work of art in us. Reflect quietly on times when the seemingly jumbled up, hanging threads, knots, and random colors of life became the very source of…

  • Perseverance and grit?
  • Inspiration?
  • Discovering your own path?
  • Hard-earned understanding?
  • Discovering your talents and skills?
  • Taking action?
  • Appreciation and new perspectives?
  • Letting yourself and others live and let live?
  • Valuing life more fully?

Meditations and reflections are part of each month’s Everything Holy packet. Click here to learn more.

Kim Snodgrass is Assistant to the Bishop for Christian Formation.

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