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Faith Comment published in the Petersfield Post

3 September 2014: Margaret Powell. Petersfield Methodist Church

Follow the pattern!

Knitting is a wonderful hobby - both relaxing and productive. There is great satisfaction in making a garment, then having the joy of wearing it, or seeing it being appreciated by a friend or relative. Sometimes, when I wear a newly knitted garment - other knitting enthusiasts crowd around saying "How did you do that?" to which the reply is "I just followed the pattern."

The pattern is all important, beginning with a list of requirements - how much yarn?- what size needles? It also has instructions and abbreviations which have to be noted.

We have a perfect pattern for life - the one set by Jesus Christ. As with knitting, if we want to be Christians, we need to follow the pattern. First - the requirements: a sense of sin and the need for a Saviour, then a desire to repent and lead a new life - so to speak, the yarn and needles. Secondly - what equipment do we need? We need to read God's word, the Bible, have fellowship with other Christians and be ready to learn - this is how we find the instructions. Then we are ready to follow the pattern. Jesus taught us by his example to love one another and be willing to serve him. The finished garment? - this is the gift of eternal life, granted to all who follow Jesus and accept his teaching, his sacrificial death and resurrection.

I could never make up a knitting pattern -someone has to do that for me. We could not make up a pattern for life - but Jesus has done this for us. Hebrews 12:2 tells us that Jesus is the"author and finisher" of our faith. He made up the pattern and also brings about the finished article.

This article was submitted for publication in the Petersfield Herald on 3 September; it is possible that it was published earlier or may be published later.

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