On Sunday, I told the story (technically it’s more of a legend) of a secret mystic cave hidden somewhere on a west mountain that has, for many centuries, been the home of an old woman and her dog. The dog spends his time napping in the corner of the cave and watching the old woman. From time to time, she will lay down the garment she is weaving and go stir the soup cooking in a clay pot over a fire at the mouth of the cave. When she does this, the dog creeps out of his corner and takes the garment, which the old woman has been weaving, in his mouth and shakes it until he has unraveled part of it. When the old woman returns, she patiently tries to restore her weaving, but soon she must return to stirring the pot of simmering soup. Each time she leaves the garment, the sly old dog again unravels as much or more than she has been able to complete at the last sitting. As she pulls thread after thread from the chaotic mess, she begins to imagine the most beautiful garment in the whole world. As she weaves, new visions and elegant designs appear before her and her old hands knowingly give them vibrant shape. Soon she has forgotten the garment she was weaving before, and concentrates on capturing the new design and weaving it into the most beautiful garment the world has ever seen. If the “old dog” in your life is doing his thing and you’re feeling a bit unraveled, it’s understandable – we’ve been through a lot and we continue to deal with the cultural divide, the consequences of COVID, the uncertainty and disruption of fire, wind and water. But hear this, you also have good reason to keep at it.
Scripture Reading: Hebrews 12:1
“Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight and the sin that clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us.”
What unravels you?
What reasons do you have to keep at it?
Who are your great clouds of witnesses?
Prayer: Holy God, fill with the breath of your Holy Spirit, to breathe peace into fearful lives, to welcome the stranger and to serve, those in need of care; to be Your risen Body in the world. Amen.