Tapestries and Autism


Tapestries are so beautiful, aren’t they?  There are many colors, sizes, and there are endless designs.  There are ancient ones woven hundred of years ago and there are contemporary ones that are more geometric in design.

I am not a crafty person, by any stretch of the imagination, but I am very impressed by the work crafters do.  They are so creative and are patient with the process their artwork takes to make it beautiful.

I looked up how people make a tapestry and was fascinated by the intricate details involved in creating a masterpiece.  What I found out was that there are two kinds of thread.  The vertical threads are called “warps” and the horizontal threads are called “wefts”.

The “wefts” are separate pieces of wool or silk threads woven in and out between the “warps” until the “warps” are not even seen.  These horizontal “wefts” are short, long, think, thick and made of different materials, but they all make a beautiful creation.

It is interesting to think about God’s family as a tapestry and how God has made us into a masterpiece.  We are all different, have different gifts and talents, body shapes and sizes, life stories, personalities and temperaments, but we can all be used for His glory and purpose together.

Something else that comes to mind is children with special needs and how our society is beginning to change the way we include them in schools, churches, and other groups.  I remember when I was a kid in the “dark ages”, that if a child was different or special needs, we would put them in an institution, away from society. They had no place in the general public, and parents were trying to do what they could to keep them safe and help them the best they could.

A few decades ago, I was noticing people in wheelchairs, those with autism or cerebral palsey, and physically or mentally challenged, were out in society, accompanied by caregivers and family members.  They were in public and some were getting jobs and  able to function well.  I remembered how it made me rejoice that “they” weren’t just “locked away.”  How great for their families and for them…and how great for our society to include them!

This week on the  Chained No More Talk Radio Show, my guest will be Barbara Newman, an author and a well-known expert on the subject of Autism and Inclusion.  She has worked in this field for over 25 years and has written several books on this topic.  You can hear our interview on Tuesday, December 15 at 2pm ET at www.toginet.com.  You can also listen to the podcast beginning later that day at www.toginet.com/shows/chainednomore.  We will learn a great deal about autism; why it is so prevalent now, what the treatments are, what the symptoms are, etc.  Don’t miss it.  We can all learn together.

So, the next time you see a tapestry, notice the intricate weaving of the different threads, the tightness of the weave and the overall beauty of the artwork.  Then, think about how we are all a part of God’s tapestry working together for Him.  Beautiful!

“How good and pleasant it is when brothers live together in unity…”  Psalm 133:1