During one of the hymns yesterday morning my eldest child leaned over and whispered,
"Mom, why do you come to church if all you do is knit during the service?"
A very good question, indeed.
Yes, yes it is true that I knit during church.
For the record, I'm not the only one, and probably wouldn't have the gumption to do it if I were alone. There are actually three or four of us who can be found with our knitting bags by our sides on a regular basis, picking up our knitting needles periodically throughout the service. I must also say that no one has ever complained about this behavior, and if any such complaints were brought to my attention I would immediately stop out of respect for my fellow congregants.
So why do I do it?
I knit during church because knitting helps to still my mind. Finding a quiet place then helps me to focus my attention on the service itself, and helps me to open my heart and mind to any messages that I might need to hear. (Incidentally, I also take notes during worship services.)
I knit during church because quite frankly I am someone who has trouble sitting still.
I knit during church because my church family values my talents and appreciates my work. They never belittle the things that I make and do, and they've made it abundantly clear that they love and respect this part of me.
I knit during church because it is a time when I often think of others...and so often the projects I take are gifts. Truth be told I'm a bit superstitious about gift knitting, and like to put as much love into the projects as possible.
I knit during church because I have enough of an old fashioned soul to believe in the old adage that "idle hands are the devil's work."
I knit during church because our church believes that we should put our minds and our unique talents to use....and I know without a doubt this is an expression of both for me.
I knit during church because a more relaxed Mama means more relaxed children...which ultimately means a better Sunday morning experience for all of us.
Just as I don't believe there's any one "Right" church or any one "Right" way of belief, I also don't believe there's any one "Right" way to worship.
And knitting during church just so happens to be my way to worship.