The prayer shawl knitting/crochet group I belong to brings me great joy. We make pocket prayer squares as well as warm, cozy shawls and blankets for those who are in need of a little TLC. I love the wisdom and spiritual thoughts we women pass on to one another when we gather bi-monthly.
At the start of each meeting, we lay all the finished items on the table and of course, then the discussions ensue of who made what, and what colors and patterns were used and so on and so forth. Every once in a while, someone will say something like, “Don’t look too closely, you might see my mistake.” Reassurance always goes around the table that no one else will notice except the maker, and as one lady put it, “all people care about is they have something soft and warm to wrap themselves. Knowing others care makes them feel better.”
At one of our recent meetings, one lady said – “Do you know the Amish never correct their mistakes when they are quilting, embroidering, knitting or crocheting? That’s because it’s a reminder that we all have flaws.” Another lady spoke up and added, “and if there is not a mistake in the work, they put one in as a reminder that God is the only one who is perfect.” I guess it could be said that wise women stitch wisdom into a little bit of everything they make.
It’s the little truths I appreciate learning from other women. Encouraging words about life’s circumstances helps each one of us to know we are not alone in the way we are sometimes feeling.