Wednesday, April 20, 2011


Detail of Mixed Tape Quiltphoto © 2011 Gabrielle | more info (via: Wylio)
My fingers trace along each patchwork square, over every knot tied. I think of the hours she spent bent over needle and thread – how the issues of the day resolved over fitting the pieces together one…square…at…a…time.

Calico print cuttings smoothed flat and simple across a kitchen table with a single light above guiding determined hands. I think of how they stitch the years together into something solid, something real, and how something so simple made perfect sense. Each square, each threaded path serving a purpose and making up a piece of the whole…sort of like those who make up me.

The delivery truck drives away and I’m left holding a patchwork piece of my own. I dig through wrapping to find a rusted weather vane; a present – a missing piece of my heart from days faded and spent but never forgotten.

In a box upstairs I find yet another piece. It’s the familiar handwriting from the same hands2008.11.12 - The letterphoto © 2008 Adrian Clark | more info (via: Wylio)
that always knew how to stitch me back together again. I read her shaky words, simple thoughts scratched across recycled stationary - the same hands that pieced the calico prints together, tying up all the loose ends and making sense out of the pattern.

They’re all like pieces of a puzzle coming together to make up who we are. God places us in the middle of people and events that somehow shape us, yet we become a little part of each one; each blessed embrace, each “I love you” and lesson learned. The patchwork of life.

“…but showing love to a thousand generations of those who love me and keep my commandments.” (Exodus 20:6)

“But from everlasting to everlasting
the LORD’s love is with those who fear him,
and his righteousness with their children’s children—“

(Psalm 103:17)


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  2. So beautiful Debbie. So inspiring! Thanks for your encouragement today!

  3. He is weaving a tapestry of my life...I know that when all is said and done and I look back at it, I will see how it was completed only by His loving Hands.

  4. He knows exactly what He's doing... putting us right where we need to be and we only need to acknowledge Him to find Him there in the midst of it! Lovely post :)



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