When I think of vocation, it reminds me of a tapestry. On the underside, the individual fibers are visible, but they are not beautiful. They make no picture, they look messy and disorganized where they cross each other, connect, and are tied in knots. On the other side, these same fibers form a beautiful scene.
As children of God, our tapestry–our future–is a scene of hope, joy, love, grace, peace, and reconciliation. We have been woven into eternal life by Christ crucified and Christ risen again. It is on the underside where we are called to connect the fibers. We are made strong in the moments in which we hear God’s call to care for ourselves, each other, and the whole world. Even when we clean restrooms, herd cattle, govern a state, preach, teach, or practice medicine, or anything else.
Our vocation, our call from God, is to love ourselves, love one another, and love the world.
This message is excerpted from “The tapestry of vocation” by Rebeckah Selnick in the April 2018 Cafe online magazine.
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