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I knew at the beginning of the year that I wanted to let go of the blog. I am in a different place now and I need the space to work through a great many things. I intend to keep the archives up for a time, although I have removed the comment function.
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J xxx

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Advent Journey: On Knitting


You know that God is a knitter? Of course He is. We only have to look at the intricate patterns, colours and textures in Nature to see that. And if we read the amazing words of David in Psalm 139, we know that we too have been hand-knitted by God. That is quite an incredible thought. Each one of us is knitted to a wholly unique pattern by a Creator who knows every individual stitch within us. We come into the world perfectly complete, with our different yarns, colours, stripes and textures. Along the way, though, we pull threads, snag stitches, and wear holes in the fabric - we lose sight of the pattern. Oh - we might try and patch things up - and we might indeed make a reasonable job of it, but only God knows the original design - and - He can put us right again if we only ask.
Today, I am joining in with Ginny for Yarn Along, and  other knitters around the world - sharing what I am knitting and reading.
I am reading Sarah Bessey's inspirational book, Jesus Feminist, and the new edition of The Simple Things magazine arrived today. James and I have just finished reading The Mouse and his Child, by Russell Hoban - a wonderful story, leading up to Christmas, and very much in keeping with the theme of an Advent Journey. 
As Christmas approaches, I am busy knitting a few bits and pieces for presents - a pair of socks, face-cloths, a blue and white striped hat. I haven't knitted for a while, but I am enjoying it right now. The steady rhythm suits the way I am feeling these days - knit and reflect, knit and look forward, knit  - and let the stitches merge with all the knitting from the past and the future - and one day, I might look around and see the whole glorious pattern that we have worked to God's seamless and eternal design.

15 comments:

  1. I recently read about a study where researchers looked at the brain activity of people knitting. The pattern of their brainwaves was similar to those seen in people during meditation. This is very true for how i find knitting: i'm not just relaxed, the rhythmic repitition brings a very special meditative quality that i just love - and i'm sure benefits my mind, body and soul no end! Happy knitting.x

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  2. What a way you have with words....such a lovely post, and a great start to my day. xxxx

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  3. love the stripy hat! I love having a hat on the needles, and that mindless stitching :)

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  4. You know that God is a knitter? - possibly my favourite opening sentence for a blog EVER! :)

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  5. Thanks every one - a fine reason to cast on :)
    xx

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  6. I'm being really blessed as you share your advent journey. Thank you so much.

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  7. Psalm 139 is one of our favourites! I wrote it down for our daughter Em when she was so poorly in her teens and it was read at Benedict's baptism.

    Love your knitting pic your book reads sound interesting

    San x

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  8. Psalm 139 is one of our favourites! I wrote it down for our daughter Em when she was so poorly in her teens and it was read at Benedict's baptism.

    Love your knitting pic your book reads sound interesting

    San x

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  9. wonderful words, Jacqui. I am knitting a baby blanket in Aubretia with Jamieson's Shetland Spindrift at the moment and am reading an assortment of books. I also am enjoying knitting these days, especially when it is cold and blustery outside.

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  10. Just lovely, Jacqui. Jesus Feminist sounds like my kind of book!

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