A couple years ago, I joined a few friends meeting Saturday mornings at our church to pray. For a quick hour (and a half?), we share the latest of our lives, situations encountered that week and then we pray about those things and for our church, the Sunday service and whatever else comes to mind.
This kind of prayer-based sharing and fellowship has anchored my walk with Christ. In fact, I first encountered the Lord in just such a gathering of men over 33 years ago.
At last Saturday’s meeting, one of the guys (Mike) depicted the manner that God weaves our lives together as a “Tapestry,” integrating all of our circumstances and faith experiences, good, bad and ugly into a beautiful tapestry that reflects Him to others we encounter along the way.
Reminded me of a poem I wrote in 1985 that was originally entitled “Canopy.” Last week I renamed it because, well, the new title fits the poem’s message so much better. I share it now in honor of all the people the Master has woven into my life.
He works his craft because I matter to Him and so do you. I see the tapestry of you and have even had a hand in it as allowed or lead by the Father. I pray you see the same in me as well.
I prize you beyond measure
We are yarns in unison
You are a course upon the fabric
Of this tapestry, I am
You are such a vein within me
Less you, I’m not the same
And should life’s wear tear you from me
Some threads of you remain
I’m a product of who you are to me
Whether we’re sewn by blood or choice
You are woven in my sight and touch
And how I give my being voice
I believe that you were in the plan
When God sketched my pattern out
You are another way He shows me
What His love for me is about
Just think how pleased He must have been
When finally we met
In the awesome scope of what He’s made
Friendship is God’s vignette
How lovingly selected
Each thread, each friend, how sewn
One for accent, one for hue
One for contrast, one for tone
Interwoven, threads cascade
From His loom, the Master weaves
We are the products of the blending
Of what friends His love achieves
(Initially written to friends and family who attended my 30th birthday surprise party on March 30, 1985. However, it has since been shared with many others along the roads of life – LIKE YOU! Originally titled “Canopy,” I renamed it “Tapestry” on 5/1/2016.)
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