I love to create gardens and quilts. Both of these activities revolve around colours, moving things around, finding new and exciting combinations to weave together.
With quilting, especially if you are using traditional patterns, you have to follow the basic rules. You may be as creative and unconventional with your colour and fabric choices as you like BUT if you don’t cut accurately and keep seams consistent, the quilt top will not work.
In gardening, the basic rules apply as well – light, water, soil condition. For optimum effect, you must provide the necessities for the plant. And sometimes, you have to change the pattern, move things around, try again.
Growing up, Carole King’s Tapestry album was my favourite – I knew all the words, to all the songs. The lyrics to this particular song are so visual, I can feel the tapestry, see the colours, watch it change.
“My life has been a tapestry of rich and royal hue.
An ever changing vision of the ever-changing view
A wondrous, woven magic in bits of blue and gold,
A tapestry to feel and see, impossible to hold”
– Carole King
Sometimes life feels like that – you turn around, and things are changing. The changes don’t always feel like good things, but each change creates a new vision.
My husband is a Presbyterian minister and we have made a number of moves across this country. We have moved from Montreal, Quebec to rural (Red Deer) Alberta; to rural (Scotsburn) Nova Scotia; to Thunder Bay (northwestern Ontario); to our current home (Woodstock) in southwestern Ontario. Each time we moved it was with a combination of worry, sadness and excitement. It is with sadness that I moved away from friends and gardens. In the early days communication relied upon written letters, not emails and Facebook! It was more difficult to continue to keep in touch with old friends after moving to a new community. But each time there was also the excitement of meeting new people, making new friends, creating new gardens. Like a kaleidoscope, the patterns were shaken up, rearranged and new designs created. Although each change brought sadness, it also brought new friendships and new opportunities.
“We know that all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28 (NRSV)
When we are sad, worried, stressed out, remember those important words, all things work together for good. There is a ‘Pattern of Our Days’, as the Iona Community expresses worship.
In the introduction to the book “The Pattern of Our Days – Worship in the Celtic Tradition from the Iona Community”, edited by Kathy Galloway, Galloway explains that Worship is at the heart of the Community. Work, worship and recreation are integrated as part of daily life.
“Our worship is creaturely. We are whole people, God’s creation, and we want to respond through our senses as well as our intellects. In movement and stillness, through touch and sight and sound, through smell and taste, we are gifted with many ways to pray.” p. vii
Everything we do is part of our tapestry or our garden of life. Whether at work, worship or recreation our lives reflect God’s love to those around us. May it be so!