The Lord truly works in mysterious ways. He, via my favorite sister put a loom and a skein of yarn in my hand after Michael's death.
Here she said, this will give you something to do. I needed something to do. Something that did not require much thought. Something to fill the hours that loomed before me.
It started out simply enough on Sundays. I would go over for the afternoon and dinner and we would loom knit together. My sister's sister-in-law joined us and soon my nieces joined in the looming also. We found that we were really getting something out of this activity. Joy!
Quickly an idea to make money by selling our wares turned into an Act of Mercy. We decided as a group that we would donate all our hats. Some may say that the Act of Mercy is for the recipients of the hats. They would be wrong. The Act of Mercy is for all of us loomers.
Our Lord took a simple skein of yarn and turned into an article of hope and mercy. I can't begin to tell you how many prayers are said as I loom, knit or crochet. The activity lends itself to prayer. It is repetitive and that leads to meditation. I pray for the recipient of the hat or shawl as the yarn moves through my fingers. The hours go quickly and I once again realize just how loved and blessed I am.
Lord, you have once again shown me your mercy and grace in a simple act. You have given me Joy! Thank you Lord.