Psalm 139:13-18 – “For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.”
Devotion: The graduate students straggled into the lecture hall carrying their cups of coffee, laptop computers, books, and a host of muffins for breakfast. None of them seemed awake. It was too early for another day of lectures. They had stayed up too late the previous night reading until midnight, preparing for presentations, laughing in the lounge, and calling home. Now, it was time to focus, again.
The students set up their work area around the table – plugging in cords, turning on computers, arranging note pads and books, reminding one another when the next assignment was due; all except Sue. She pulled out of her bag an old fashion note pad, pen, and her knitting needles. Hidden deep in her tweed bag was a well-wound ball of yarn and a small knitting project.
As the professor began to lecture and students started frantically taking notes, Sue’s fingers began their meticulous work. Tug. Spin. Loop. She was able to twirl the yarn around each needle without looking at it, like a modern industrial knitting machine. Sue did not need to count the stitches under her breath, which is more common from a beginning piano student. Periodically she would pause from her handiwork to scribble a few notes on her pad, and then she would return to her systematic pattern of knitting, like the English World War II lady who was knitting for Victory. At the end of the week-long lectures, the students had intricate notes which they probably would never read again, but Sue had a new pair of warm, wool winter socks for her children.
We need to remember in a world overwhelmed with low-cost made mechanical socks that human life is priceless. Each person is a masterpiece! The Christmas sweater Aunt Jenny made, with one longer arm than another, is wonderful because it was fearfully handmade. You are precious become you are God-made. Let us pause daily to ponder – with hands and hearts – the intentionality of our Triune God who knits each person together in the secret place. God made us unique, special, and more precious than the alpaca Argyle socks with Spandex lining.
Prayer: Loving God, you created me in Christ, inside-out and outside-in, so your Spirit knows me more intimately than I know myself. Help me become the person you envisioned when you knit me together in my mother’s womb, for the glory of your name and good of the your kingdom. In Christ, I pray. Amen.
Prayer Exercise: “Body Prayer,” page 238, in Patricia D. Brown, “Paths to Prayer: Finding Your Own Way to the Presence of God,” (San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2003). ISBN: 0-779-6565-0. Copyright © 2003 by Patricia D. Brown. All rights reserved.