Still working on the last ball of yarn for the rustic rainbow blanket. I finished a hat for the Kenyan school and have cast on another. On a car trip to meet my father in Woodstock to pick up Isaac I started a new project. The Matinee Jacket from Vintage Knits for Modern Babies. I am using some beautiful merino hand dyed yarn from a barter with Springtree Road Yarns.
I splurged and ordered a new book, On God's Side - What Religion Forgets and Politics Hasn't Learned about Serving the Common Good, after hearing the author, Jim Wallis, on NPR. After listening to him for just a few minutes I knew he was speaking my language. I have long had a hard time with many churches, people, factions, etc that call themselves Christian. While it is not for me to judge, and I do my best not to, I have never understood why so many only stress salvation in order to have eternal life. Please don't misunderstand me, this is huge but I never felt that - that was all. I just knew that God's main purpose of sacrificing his son was not just for what is to come but was also to teach us what we are to do now, during our short stay here in this world. Why would God waste his time making such a beautiful creation if we are not to care for it? Didn't Jesus teach us to pray saying, "thy kingdom come thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven." I know that it is not enough to be kind, go to church, accept Jesus into our hearts. I always have felt that so many American churches are getting it wrong. Jesus' main teachings are to take care of those that need to be taken care of... the poor, the forgotten, the rejected. That is where I am at in my faith. I am praying for God to show me every day how to serve and how to make even the smallest decisions, like should our family be concerned about what we want or need and to question spending money God has given us, when there are children in orphanages that don't even have a pillow to lay their head down at night. Jim Wallis really gets into how much better it would be if everyone would forget their agendas (political, conservative, liberal, etc..) and instead, work for the common good.
I especially like this comment on the back cover ~
"Thank God this is not just another book about God blessing us. It's a book about us blessing God by caring for God's people, especially the most vulnerable ones among us." - Shane Claiborne, author, activist and recovering sinner; thesimplyway.org
Joining in with the Yarn Along today at Small Things.