Friday, March 7, 2014

Knitters' Devotional: Kindness

A school chorus song says:

Are you wondering how you can help the world?
Are you wondering how you can make a diff’rence?
Do you wonder what to do? Do you wonder how it’s true?
Do you wonder how a change could start with you?
It starts with kindness, with kindness. It comes from deep inside
With kindness, with kindness, kindness from the heart.1

It is very true that kindness can make a difference

Do you remember Dorcas from Acts 9? She was always doing good and helping the poor. Then she died. When Peter arrived and was taken to the room where she was laid out, widows swarmed him, showing him all the robes and clothing that Dorcas had made them. I suspect that if there had been knitting circles in the early church, Dorcas would have been in one. In fact, Dorcas did so much good and was so loved that, through Peter, God restored her to life. 

We should follow Dorcas example. I suspect that is one of the reasons her story is recorded in the Bible. It is a real affirmation of how crafts, like knitting, can be a force for good in the world. Let us make them so.

Dear God, help us to be kind. May we use our knitting for the good of others. In Jesus name, Amen.

1Theresa Jennings, c. 2007, Plank Road Publishing, Inc., Music K-8, Volume 17, Number 3. International copyright secured. All rights reserved.

Anyone who withholds kindness from a friend
   forsakes the fear of the Almighty. 

                                        ~Job 6:14

This is an entry for a knitters' devotional book I am in the process of writing. Feedback requested!

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