19th January 2018

The Tapestry of Love 

I want you woven into a tapestry of love, in touch with everything there is to know of God
Colossians 2:2 (MSG)

I was excited to read that the Bayeux Tapestry may be loaned from France to the UK. Of course, with such a delicate and ancient piece of art, it will take some time to dismantle it, transport it and set it up again.

The story brings to mind the Message rendition of Colossians 2:2 as cited above. Other translations discuss the idea of being knit together, as in the bones of the body being knit together. The Greek word used implies coming together and being united. You can see how the concept of “woven into a tapestry of love” fits.

It appears that the believers in the Colossian church were in some way divided over the centrality of the Person of Christ. Hence Paul wants them to put their differences of opinion aside and to let the Spirit join them together.

The magnificent Bayeux is a series of panels depicting scenes from the 1066 Battle of Hastings. I wonder, if there was a tapestry made of our life or of our local congregation, what would it show? With Jesus at the centre of life, hopefully the panels would illustrate our love in action, and not a catalogue of battles!

In our tapestry of love let there be panels of peace, not war.

Prayer
Father, we pray that your Spirit would weave us together into a tapestry of your love. In Jesus
’ name.
Amen
 

Study by James Henderson

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