The Silent Loom -- By: Deborah L. Menken
PP 3:2 (Spring 1989) p. 11
The Silent Loom
Meditation for Twin Cities CBE Conference: “Weaving a Tapestry of Peace”
The silent loom. Silent? How can we even think about the cessation of activity at a conference centered on promotion of activity—weaving a tapestry of peace? Why, we’ve all got so much to do for God! In our personal lives, we’re striving to fulfill God’s plan while working through past hurts. In our homes we’re raising little Christian soldiers and modeling the Christ-lifestyle. In our careers we want to impact the world for Christ. In our neighborhoods we want to be salt and light. How can we suggest shutting down the loom at a time like this? And moreover, what about the big issues of world evangelization, of working for the equality and dignity of women and men of all races, ages and classes; what about encouraging all women and men to fully use their God-given gifts in ministry? How then can we even consider a silent loom?
Let’s just take a look at the example of Jesus. Though he had a very short public ministry of only about 3 1/2 years, yet He single handedly impacted the world more than any other individual in the history of our globe. Jesus championed the rights of the disprivileged classes in society; Jesus ministered to the multitudes; Jesus founded a new kingdom that is still flourishing after 2,(XX) years. Yet this same Jesus—crusader, revolutionary, public figure, person of action—was also a person of solitude. Jesus knew that a silent loom was a necessary characteristic of his private life.
Jesus clearly demonstrated to us the high priority He placed on His times spent alone with God. With regularity He drew away from the crowds, away from the ministry, and away even from the needs to sequester Himself with His Father in prayer. It was in those times of quietness before God, at a silent loom, that Jesus learned to see through the eyes of the Master Designer. It was at a silent loom that His Father taught Him the spiritual way of weaving His will. And it was when the loom was silent that Jesus drew on divine strength to complete the task ahead. To be much for God we must be much with God.
At The Silent Loom We Learn To See The Master’s Design
Indeed, we’ve all got big agendas of important things to get done for God. But we must not get tricked into using the arm of the flesh to accomplish them. It is only when the loom is silent, when we slop our flurry of well-intentioned activity, that we can sec things as they really are—through the eyes of the Master Designer.
For though we live in the world we are not carrying on a worldly war,...
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