My grandmother studied fibre arts and was a most wonderful weaver and knitter. The crocheted lace attached to the handwoven linen she gave me is uniform and lovely. She embroidered my initials, ES, into the fabric. I like to trace them with my finger and think of her.
With the same care that she managed her handiwork she offered advice with kindness and wisdom. Many of her sayings came from the Scriptures. “Do not let the sun go down on your anger,” from Ephesians 4:26, was one of them.
She understood that if we do not use each day’s opportunities for reconciliation and as openings to show kindness and love-even mercy-the setting sun will pull them away as the evening’s darkness spreads. The moment flees, a part of us dies, and the next morning sunrise is not as bright and glorious as it could have been.
God, the master of our life's tapestry, we thank you for each opportunity to choose life, renewal and restoration. Help us to grow in forgiveness and love, and in so doing, Jesus will be made alive in us again and again. Amen. — EB