As usual she felt behind the curve and
helpless, striving to be inspired, transformed, illuminated... and
then it struck her, like these things do.
Sometimes gifts that you give are
valuable. And if it's a GOOD gift, it has value because itis
given in LOVE.
Today she was on the bus thinking
about how back home she would never be doing this.
Crocheting. In fact, she's not even sure if she can spell it,
but she's learned how to do it. Mastery is probably too strong
a word, but proficient will suffice. But that doesn't really
matter, does it? Besides, this gift holds more than just some
yarn tied together in knots within a needle and hands. It's a
gift of love, friendship ad community. Love because giving
away a first-time creation is always hard to do. Second,
because all the while she made it she thought of the friend who
would wear it add the smile it would wrap around for warmth.
She realized, too, that it
represented more. More than just herself and the friendship
she felt, but the friendships they ALL felt. Like the gift, it
had grown quickly with the love of Christ to strengthen it every
How curious, that she would decide,
of all things, and of all times, to make this particular gift.
It's chains intertwined, each one linked to the next. And the
one above. And the one below. None stronger. None
equal. Together whole. A community.
A community of strings that longed
to be more. The fleece of many naked sheep from many different
sheep families. At he same time, it's the hard work of factory
workers, who together, created the yarn itself.
As in life, community not only
exists, it is essential for the growth and strength of the
individual. One requires the other to be whole.
As you wear this, I hope you
feel the power of Christ in your life through the community and love
it signifies. In all its wonder, it has flaws, uniqueness, and
lumps - like all of us. May this be a reminder of the
community of Christ that prays for you and loves you every
day. Now and always.
Abrazos y besos mi amiga,
Merry Christmas, Gabby