"A triple-braided cord is not easily broken," Ecclesiastes 4:12b
A single thread alone won't cover a naked man, but many threads woven together will provide a covering for the needy. This is a beautiful truth that I found myself thinking about in light of the recent debates about the panhandling ordinance in Spokane.
During our kid's portion of our Sunday church service Joe, one of our children's ministry directors held up a single thread and asked the kids what it was. After a few answers he said it was a blanket. Then he pulled out a handcrafted blanket and explained how each of us are a thread that God weaves together to provide comfort, protection and covering for one another.
As he shared these words, I thought of all the individual attempts to address social ills in our community and how a community of faith is particularly called and equipped to become such an extension of God's love, compassion and mercy. Everyone, together, the adults like Joe and the children like Zoe in the picture, living and working to be an inclusive and expressive community of good news talkers and doers. I truly believe that with God as the animator of our goodness, we can clothe and home those among us that need a family more than a handout.
I pray that weaving work will be faithfully accomplished for the sake of those among us who are experiencing the coldness of law and the detachment and distance of easy charity.