Tapestry weaving produces a fabric fashioned by varied colored threads. Uncolored threads, the warp, are covered by the colored threads of the weft. The backside of a tapestry appears to be nothing more than a jumble of thread—tangled, frayed, occasionally knotted, and seemingly random. It is when you turn the tapestry over that you see the art, the colors, the texture, and the pattern that can make a tapestry a thing of beauty. This is the same in the tapestry we call life. There are times when life seems frayed and tangled, but when woven together, the threads of our experiences and relationships create the unique fabric we have become.
I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
Wonderful are Your works,
And my soul knows it very well.
Review the tapestry of your life. How are the threads woven together to create the present? How do you want to continue the pattern in the years ahead?
I want you woven into a tapestry of love, in touch with everything there is to know of God.
My frame was not hidden from You,
When I was made in secret,
And skillfully wrought in the depths of the earth.
Human beings are storytellers because we are engaged in a process of constant growth, discovering ourselves and becoming enriched in the tapestry of the days of our life.
Woven into our lives is the very fire from the stars and genes from the sea creatures, and everyone, utterly everyone, is kin in the radiant tapestry of being.
Elizabeth A. Johnson
We are each a thread in the tapestry of our human family. Our outcome is woven of endless possibilities, because we can choose from a universe of endless possibilities. Every person can make a difference. Each thread is a possibility, chosen by the design of divine imagination. Our life-time designs arise from our divine gifts, unique talents, desires, thoughts, choices, and actions. At times, old choices–old threads–wear out. We see the past while we live in the present, and we can replace the old…with new ideas, new choices, and new actions. We can view the future through today’s eyes, and time blends all experiences, dark and light, into an awareness of authentic joy.
The tapestry of life continues to be woven. Occasionally a chance arises to repair an older, tattered piece of the weave. Something happens to jolt our awareness back in time to an event that resulted in tears and rips. We see the circumstances in present time and have compassion for the unclear events of the past. While the new experience is being woven into the design, the old rip is simultaneously being repaired. All is well.
As I look back at the entire tapestry of life, I can see from the perspective of the present moment that every aspect of life was necessary and perfect. Each step eventually led to a higher place, even though these steps often felt like obstacles or painful experiences.
Beauty is a wonderful tapestry embroidered by the many single threads woven together by the unspeakable tender hand of God.
Joseph Jacson K.
We all should know that diversity makes for a rich tapestry, and we must understand that all the threads of the tapestry are equal in value no matter what their color.
We are one people forever woven together in a tapestry, . . And it is our job, our duty and our great challenge to fight the voices of division, and to seek the salve of reconciliation.
My life has been a tapestry of rich and royal hue
An everlasting 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.