One of the persons injured at the finish line of the Boston marathon
works at an area preschool.
In conversation with our own WEE school director,
we decided to provide lunch for the staff of that preschool.
We also have a prayer shawl/quilt ministry,
and digging through what we had on hand,
I found a quilt made from stitched-together children’s art.
We offered it along with these words:
Wrap yourself in this
when you’re angry and hurting—
when you’re scared and uncertain.
Wrap yourself in this and know yourself
to be wrapped in love:
the love of your family and closest friends,
the love of children—those in your care
and all who maintain an innocence about our world.
Know yourself to be wrapped as well,
in the love of those who don’t know you,
but who grieve what happened
and who pray for you
clinging to the hope of what might yet be.
And wrapped in that love
may you know yourself held always
within the love of God,
who takes torn pieces of dreams and hopes
and, washing them in tears,
stitches them together into ever-new possibility.
As God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved,
clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness,
humility, meekness, and patience….
Above all, clothe yourselves with love,
which binds everything together in perfect harmony.
— Colossians 3:12, 14