Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Random Acts of Knitting

I believe that despite the tendency to refer to clergy and their call to (for example) ordained ministry as "The Call," everybody has something they are called to do. Teaching is a calling. Nursing is a calling. Right? Well here's something else I believe about calling. Working retail is a calling. Slinging burgers is a calling. Working at the DMV is a calling. Writing, acting, programming violent video games... all those creative things that have no purpose but entertainment? A calling.

We all have our callings.

One of Jenny's callings is knitting. She heard the call and searched for its source, went through craft after craft until she hit knitting. And then it had her. Now she's involved with a shawl ministry group at our church (which she helped instigate) and if she has her way, the group will branch out into many more forms of charitable knitting. But that's not quite where I'm headed with this. I'm headed for... socks. Yup, socks. It's such a simple thing, but it strikes me as so powerful. She's been picking people, practically at random, and insisting that she needs to knit socks for them.

How cool is that?

I don't know what your callings are, but maybe it's knitting. If it is, consider committing a random act of knitting--pick someone, it doesn't have to be (and maybe shouldn't be) anyone you know very well--and make them some socks.

God loves ya,
Be good to each other,
Rev. Josh

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