Two summers ago, I attended summer camp with my granddaughter. We were there with other families–parents with their children and grandparents with their grandchildren.
Just before departing for home, we all gathered in a circle around the flagpole. A skein of colorful yarn was passed from one hand to the next, with each person holding onto the strand. Then a counselor came around the circle snipping the long strand into shorter lengths, leaving each camper holding a piece of the yarn. We each tied the yarn around our wrist, or ankle, to remind us that we were all part of something larger.
For as long as it stayed on my wrist, I faithfully wore my bracelet of bright purple yarn. That piece of yarn was a constant reminder of that week spent at family camp with my granddaughter.
We might not have a ribbon of yarn tied around our wrists, and we might not be able to be together physically, but we have a bond that unites us all in one large circle of humanity. We are all tied together, created in the image of God.
This message is an excerpt from a Women of the ELCA blog by Susan Harris.