Gabriel's Horn, Pastor George Weaver, April, 2018

posted Mar 30, 2018, 8:30 AM by Lois Kerchner

The Web of Love/An Encouraging Word

 

The teacher instructed her classroom of high school students to sit in a circle on the carpeted floor. Then one of the girls in the group was told to toss a ball of yarn to someone across the circle, holding tightly to the loose end. The recipient took hold of the string and listened as the one who tossed it shared something positive that she especially liked about him. Keeping hold of the string, he then tossed the ball across the circle to someone else and affirmed something that he appreciated about the one who had caught the string. The ball of yarn was tossed across and around the circle until everyone had both heard and shared encouragement, and thereby the yarn became a woven web of affirmation and good feelings within this group

 

Before the members of the class went their separate ways that day, the teacher took scissors and snipped through the web. Each person took a piece of yarn away as a remembrance of the special words of encouragement they had heard spoken that day on their behalf. Surprisingly, or maybe not so surprisingly at all, many of them in that classroom wore cherished pieces of yarn around their wrists for days and weeks afterward.

 

Every year now, the students there ask their teacher to end the term with the Web of Love. It has become an annual tradition in their high school. This just goes to illustrate how much encouragement and positive feedback mean to most of us.

 

But why wait? We can all easily find multiple opportunities to affirm others throughout the day. Few people grow weary of hearing sincere appreciation and praise. And each time you give it to someone you help to create an invisible web of love that can last a lifetime.

 

Consider the following words by Maya Angelou: “People will forget what you said; people will forget what you did; but people will never forget how you made them feel.” We can all probably be a little more generous in helping others feel good or at least better.

 

I close with these excerpts from “Don't Wait Until I Am Gone” by Jennifer Fernandes:

 

Treat me with love, dignity, respect and compassion
Now as I am healthy, vibrant and alive.
Don't wait to hear that I am sick and dying 
To love me the way I was meant to be loved.
Bring me flowers and candy on any day just because.
Tell me I am beautiful. See my beauty in my body and soul.
Don't wait to see that I am disfigured and then tell me that I

am beautiful because you think that is what I want to hear.
Talk to me lovingly now so I can hear your beautiful voice
And listen to the ringing of your laughter.      

Love me now... As your sister, your brother, your husband,

your wife,  your niece, your nephew, your daughter, your son…

Don't wait until it is too late! Don't wait until I am gone...

 

George Weaver, Pastor of Maturing Ministries
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