Three lessons from tie-dyeing

On Sunday, 16 people enjoyed a tie dye party during youth group. Before we began, we had a good discussion about changes we have experienced in our lives. It seems everyone has experienced significant changes. As our church community undergoes a pastoral change, I thought it might be helpful to share three lessons about change revealed in the tie dye process:

  1. Change is unpredictable – While we fold the fabric to create patterns and choose the colors, there is always an element of surprise in the way things turn out. Unexpected drips happen. We can’t control it all.
  2. Change is a both/and thing – As the shirts are transformed, we experience both the mess of the dye and the beauty of the final creation. Change is also not easy, kind of like tie dying with a large group.
  3. Change affects us – My hands still are colored with streaks of blue and red. My fingernails are tinted green. Each day the color fades a little, but change tends to leave a mark.

Change in the Bible:

We don’t have to look hard to find stories of change in the Bible – there are many! In Luke 1:22-65, Mary receives the unexpected news that her life will be changing with the birth of a baby. Not any baby, but the Son of God. Take some time this week to read this story and consider how Mary adapts to unexpected events.

What is Mary’s first reaction when she finds out she will have a child? What does the song reveal about her feelings?

How do others in this passage react to the news?

What messes and what beauty do you find most interesting in this story?

What does this story say about change?

What parts of this story give you hope?

 

A Prayer for times of Change (from beliefnet.com)

God of Love,
You are with us in every transition and change.
As we enter into this new era with excitement and even some anxiety, we recall your deep compassion, presence, and abounding love.
We thank you for the gifts, talents and skills with which you have blessed us.
We thank you for the experiences that have brought us to this moment.
We thank you for the work of others that gives breadth and depth to our own work.
Be with us as we move forward, rejoicing with you and supporting one another.
We ask this in your Holy Name.
Amen.

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