The Scars We Carry

The picture above is the result of my very first grafting experience. I used a method that looked simple in the video. I did hear the woman say to swatch and then practice with a contrasting yarn a few times to get the hang of it. I just put my two pieces together and went for it. It did not go well and there is an ugly scar where I tried to graft the two pieces together.

The scar bothers me. It looks terrible in what otherwise is a beautiful piece of knitting. I tried blocking it and pushing the stitches into place but I can’t hide it.

Most of us have scars. Some you can see and others you can’t. I find the invisible scars more difficult. Injuries cause damage and healing often results in scars. Scar tissue is different. It’s not as flexible. It is a constant reminder of the injury.

I had heard and read the scripture about Thomas, who put his hands into the wounds of Jesus in order to believe that it was really him hundreds of times before it occurred to me that even the resurrected body of Christ had scars.

Life is not about perfection. Life is about healing and learning to live with the scars that we carry. What can we learn from the scars we bear?

The scars that Jesus carried helped Thomas to believe that the love that came down at Christmas, could not, would not ever die.

Published by Julie Cicora

I'm an Episcopal Priest that loves using knitting as a spiritual discipline.

2 thoughts on “The Scars We Carry

  1. Scars are part of life, true and I appreciated this reflection. Still, I hope you will share the improved way to graft. Your project is very beautiful and I have enjoyed watching it grow.

    As you knitted your cowl, I finished knitting hand puppets to put in calming boxes for children who have to be taken from their homes for any reason. My goal took me a year and I shall miss knitting my little guys, but I have begun a kid’s sweater which is moving right along.

    What a Godsend knitting is. Thank you for your ideas.


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