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What Rosanne Taught Me

March 3, 2014

NOTE: this is part of a column I wrote that was recently published in The Effingham Daily News


“You have to learn to love the thread,” the sewing teacher said to Rosanne Cash.  Rosanne is a singer-songwriter and a daughter of Johnny Cash and his first wife Vivian.  In a recent interview, Rosanne said her teacher “wasn’t speaking metaphorically, but it just hit me” that the line applied to all of life.

I agree with her. Two quick examples remind me that “You have to learn to love the thread” applies to our beliefs and our everyday lives.

First, learning “to love the thread” was a key to a classic sermon series by W. A. Criswell, who for decades was pastor of The First Baptist Church of Dallas.  His astonishing 19-part sermon series traced “The Scarlet Thread of Redemption” throughout the entire Bible.

Long before Dr. Criswell began his sermon in 1961, this thread was already seen as being woven into the tapestry of Scripture by some of the earliest Christians.  It’s a powerful image of the love of God, expressed in many ways but supremely through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus the Christ.

Fully accepting, appreciating and loving that Good News doesn’t always come easily or naturally to everyone.  Even Christians, if we’re honest, still have a lot to learn about this Divine Love which holds everything together.

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