Friday, 2 April 2010

Cross stitch

cross stitch

As his life ebbs away the cross of Jesus casts a deep shadow. This absence of light imposes itself across the landscape like a shroud. All that sparkles and shimmers in humanity seems threatened by enveloping darkness. Evil and wickedness blot out these love lit highlights, leaving the surface of life devoid of the luminous and bereft of enlightenment. Dark stitches of death embroider hopelessness and dejection within the fabric of reality.

As his life ebbs away the cross of Jesus casts a bright light across the unlit wasteland of dejected humanity and disempowered belief. The light of divine love blazes with fierce, self-giving intensity. The creative word unleashes hope with astonishing power: ‘Let there be light’. All that is dark and shadow-cursed is transformed by the pure white brilliance of grace delighting in the human. Violence and hatred disappear, wickedness is overwhelmed and death served notice to quit. The bright stitches of God’s presence embroider hopefulness and exhilaration within the fabric of reality.

Cross stitches of darkness and light embroider Good Friday with meaning.


  1. Thank you for such a helpful image and reflection.

  2. Acetate Monkey2 April 2010 at 20:01

    Thanks for that. The post reminds me of the Romans 8 verse 28 interpreted in Susan Howatch's Starbridge novel as all things (good and bad, light and dark) intermingling and God working out a redeemed pattern through history's highs and lows.

  3. Hi Seeker and AM, its good to know that you found this helpful. And yes, the Starbridge novels do indeed bring Romans 8:28 to life. Thanks for reminding me.