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Topic: Craft (as in handcraft) (02/08/07)
TITLE: Prayer Weaver
By Jan Ackerson
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Her nimble fingers work the threads—now she fills a corner with intricate stitches and knots; now she rests and waits.
She has only three colors.
With her deft needle pulling a trail of red, the Weaver records <i>yes</i> and <i>yes</i> and <i>yes</i> on the warp, the fabric of your days. A tiny flower of scarlet: <i>yes</i>, says the Redeemer, <i>I will give you the perfect word for that pesky sentence.</i> An expanse of crimson: <i>yes</i>, the Savior speaks, <i>I will draw your wayward daughter to Myself.</i>
The Weaver’s supply of red is inexhaustible. Again and again she pierces the white-as-snow fabric with a flame-colored thread. <i>Yes. I delight in saying it again, My child. Yes.</i>
A supply of blue threads is close at hand. The Weaver sometimes sets aside the needle of <i>yes</i> and selects an azure skein; your Lord has said <i>no</i>. She works a section of water, near the center of the tapestry. <i>My precious, this healing is not for you. No.</i>
Now she takes a bit of cornflower and stitches the sky. <i> No. I have heard your prayer, dearest. I love you; trust me. Not this job.</i> The Weaver smiles—she knows that when you see the completed tapestry, you will understand the necessity of <i>no</i>. Her hands place patches of periwinkle, aquamarine, slate.
Red for <i>yes</i>, blue for <i>no</i>, and one more color adorns your tapestry. The Weaver chooses a lemony yellow, and stitches with deliberation: <i>wait</i>. Canary: <i>tarry</i>. Honey: <i>have patience.</i> Amber: <i>abide with Me, just for a while.</i> The sun shines in your tapestry, casting a golden glow into every warp and weft.
When you enter your mansion, you will marvel at your tapestry of answered prayers. And you will see what beauty the Weaver has created, with her skillful blending of that trinity of colors. <i>Yes, no</i> and <i>wait</i> have become magenta and mandarin, olive and orchid, nutmeg and nile. Every answer has become part of the tapestry, and every stitch and knot is exactly where it belongs.
You are the Weaver.
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