One soft alpaca scarf. Slow and gentle. This weaving does not let me hurry. I don’t beat the weft; I carefully place it with the beater. For a rag rug weaver like me, accustomed to boisterous weaving, this soft weaving requires my full attention.
There is no variation in this scarf. It’s the same treadling sequence, over and over. After this much repetition, it seems like I should be able to do this without thinking. But, no, I have to pay attention. If I don’t, I lose my place. Glaring mistakes all happen by accident.
We can choose what to hear. Listen wisely. Most things do not go in one ear and out the other. They go in one ear and down into our souls. Listening to gossip, for instance, seems harmless. It might even taste sweet. But what we hear affects our hearts. Listening to gossip is swallowing poison. It’s like weaving a faulty treadling sequence while being distracted. We must pay attention, or the wrong pattern will be woven into the scarf. Instead, let’s enjoy the gentle process of placing the weft and paying attention as we repeat the sequence we know is right.
May you be lifted up by what you hear.
All the best,
12 thoughts on “Slow and Gentle Weaving”
What a lovely analogy! Thank you for opening this pathway of thought for today.
Good morning, Ruth. This has been on my mind lately. I want to be more careful about what I listen to. Things to think about…
Enjoy the Beautiful Day
Angie, Good reminder!
Very well said. Thank you.
Hi Lynn, Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment. It’s good to consider these things together.
This is a beautiful scarf, I just love the design. I’m so happy you are feeling better and back at your loom!
Thank you, Liberty, It’s great to be back in the swing of weaving. 8-Shaft twill has so many interesting possibilities!
I happened to stumble onto your blog this AM and after reading your closing comment, I understand why. This comment is wonderful and eye opening. Thank you so much for saying it so perfectly.
I am happy you found your way here. And even more pleased that the words here touched a chord with you.
Thank you for taking time to respond.
Karen, this is very clear analogy. We are to be gentle as lambs and wise as serpents. It is worth the while to be attentive to each pick as it is to what we are saying or hearing.There is scripture that says it is a sin to talk about the evil another does in secret. I asked FATHER GOD about that. I did not recognized prior, that was a reference to gossip. I should have recognized that. HE further let me understand that when we gossip that we are not giving praise to our LORD but giving place to the evil one. That then is telling how sin triumphed over righteousness. We must not do that. Unfortunately our communication is easily manipulated, so we must be use our words carefully and listen carefully, testing each thought to see if it be from GOD, and dismissing that which is not. My morning prayer is that the LORD put a guard across my mouth and that the words I do speak and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in HIS sight, oh LORD my Strength and Redeemer. Thank you for this wisdom.
Pam, Thank you for the lovely, thoughtful response. That’s a morning prayer I want to remember to pray.