Have you heard of “visible mending?”
The idea is to mend something in such a way that the repair itself becomes something celebrated rather than hidden. I like that idea. If you Google visible mending, you can see many lovely examples. I decided to try it out in my own simple way on a pair of favorite jeans.
No fancy stitching here, just a running stitch with very thick thread outlining my patch. But as I stitched, I pondered the concept of visible mending. It’s a lot like redemption in my eyes. God can take those ripped open, broken places in our lives and mend them. I don’t think His goal is to make it like it never happened, but to make it better. To make it beautiful. So that others can see that though we once were broken, now we are healed and whole. I realize many of us have hurt places that are not yet mended, or they are in process. I know that’s true for me. Seeing the healing in others, brings hope.
I may or may not add more stitching. It’s a project that has been more satisfying than I expected. And I think I have more to ponder here.
Have a great day!