The dream of the hearts began months before Synod was on the minds of the majority of folks in the Southern Province. The dream became a reality as the hearts began to fill my house and then at Synod as the tellers helped me place the hearts, filled with a variety of candy, at delegates’ places. What a beautiful way to see the work of God take shape.
The hearts came from all across the United States and Canada from Moravians and non-Moravians alike. Each of our ecumenical partners sent at least one heart; one ecumenical pastor spun the wool, knitted the heart bowl and then went through the felting process.
As each heart was knit, prayers were being offered for Synod of 2014 and that all delegates would be moved by the presence of the spirit. As I’ve listened to folks its clear to me that the Spirit’s presence was felt on several occasions. Completed hearts were blessed by a blessing written by Sarah Hubbard of the Board of Cooperative Ministries—thank you Sarah for your gift of words as you wrote a beautiful blessing that expressed the meaning behind my dream and ultimately the hearts themselves.
Once all the hearts were collected we had a little more than 300. I’ve estimated it took on average 4.5 hours to complete each heart—that’s 1350 hours (at least) that went into knitting the hearts and praying for synod! How very awesome—words cannot express my deep gratitude for the gifts that many knitters gave as they used their wool and needles to knit.
I also would be remiss if I didn’t thank Heather Stevenson at the Board of Cooperative ministries as she helped coordinate folks looking for patterns and helped me collect hearts and get them ready to be sent up to synod and lastly, Beverly Johnson as she helped get things copied and sent out countless emails for me. Thank you to all who lent a hand in making hearts, collecting hearts, blessing hearts and to Fries Memorial Moravian for the candy that filled the hearts.
As synod began it was fun to watch people admire their hearts and share the candy with one another. As the place card that was placed by each card said “In all things Love!” Love was shared with each other through the gift of the hearts to each delegate and may that love, Christ’s love live long in each of your hearts and continue to guide the Southern Province.
Kelly Moore is pastor of Fries Memorial Moravian Church in Winston-Salem, N.C.
From the June 2014 Moravian Magazine