Leo Poirier

is a retired hospital chaplain who writes from Massachusetts.

Spiritual Lessons From a Needle and Thread

I enjoy counted cross-stitching. The various colors, types of stitches, and overall layout of an emerging picture bring a sense of accomplishment from the project that is different from anything else in my everyday life.

While sewing a long, repetitious section of a gift I was preparing for my new great-granddaughter, I was impressed by the similarities between what I was doing and the growth process of my spiritual life.

One of the very first elements I noticed is patience. Just as Rome wasn’t built in a day, neither are counted cross-stitch patterns. Counted cross-stitching involves hours of sewing, concentration, and careful adherence to …

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