“His Handiwork”

His Handiwork

4th Sunday of Lent

Written by Brittany Holberg, as part of a series of Lenten reflections, “The Mustard Seed”. Click HERE to view the full booklet of her writings.

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I love doing things with my hands. For years I have crocheted afghans, but recently I was given a new and very challenging project. Instead of crocheting an afghan, I have been working diligently on a stuffed sheep that is made out of what those who crochet know as granny squares. To those who do not know what a granny square is, I want you to imagine a miniature afghan that is no bigger than the palm of your hand. For this project, these squares have been created with 4 colors. I was given the colors and allowed to choose what order I would use them, so to be unique I decided to change things up a bit. Although all the individual pieces have the same yellow center, their outer edges vary from purple to pink and blue. The true challenge has come not in making the granny squares, but in sewing them together so as to form the actual body of the sheep.

 

I am not alone in this endeavor. There is another woman who has been working on another sheep right along with me. We have been working side by side, creating each piece that would go into the body of the sheep at the same time, and yet when it came time to put them together, it soon became very obvious that our pieces were not exactly alike at all. To look at them you would think they were, but as we began sewing them together the shapes of our sheep were very different. Some of my pieces were buckling and I was really struggling to get them to form the way they were supposed to. I refused to give up though.

 

For a few moments I closed my eyes and as I waited for the frustration to pass I saw in my mind, myself. I saw all of the oddly shaped and flawed pieces of my life, and then I saw the hands of my Savior so gently picking up each of the pieces. I watched as He took threads of grace and mercy and began weaving each piece together. There were still places that looked a little misshapen, but He never stopped working and I realized those places were also a part of my story. My flaws and imperfections did not stop Him from His work, and soon I saw myself the way He sees me. His handiwork, woven together with His grace. My sheep may not look like all of the others, but it is still precious and I love it just the same. I know every stitch just as He knows our every thought. And when I am off a stitch, I correct it the same way He corrects our thoughts when they are not of Him. The inside of the sheep is filled with batting, and when we first receive the batting it is clumped and matted together so before I began stuffing my little sheep I took the clumps and gently pulled them apart until what I was holding was soft and full. It is the same way He works on the places in our hearts that have hardened. He works them until they are soft and filled with His love.

 

I am almost finished with my sheep, and although it will never be perfect, it has been created with so much love just as we are by our Creator. We are His handiwork created in Christ Jesus for the good works.

Brittany Holberg is an Oblate of the Sisters of the Morning Star. She is a resident on Texas Women’s Death Row.

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