As I faced my Maker at the last judgment, I knelt before the Lord along with all the other souls.
Before each of us laid our lives, like the squares of a quilt, in many piles.
An Angel sat before each of us sewing our quilt squares together into a tapestry that is our life.
But as my Angel took each piece of cloth off the pile, I noticed how ragged and empty each of my squares was.
They were filled with giant holes. Each square was labeled with a part of my life that had been difficult, the challenges and temptations I was faced with in everyday life.
I saw hardships that I endured, which were the largest holes of all.
I glanced around me. Nobody else had such squares. Other than a tiny hole here and there, the other tapestries were filled with rich color and the bright hues of worldly fortune.
I gazed upon my own life and was disheartened. My Angel was sewing the ragged pieces of cloth together, threadbare and empty, like binding air.
Finally, the time came when each life was to be displayed, held up to the light, the scrutiny of truth.
The others rose, each in turn, holding up their tapestries. So filled their lives has been.
My Angel looked upon me, and nodded for me to rise. My gaze dropped to the ground in shame.
I hadn’t had all the earthly fortunes… I had love in my life, and laughter. But there had also been trials of illness, and death, and false accusations that took from me my world, as I knew it.
I had to start over many times, I often struggled with the temptation to quit, only to somehow muster the strength to pick up and begin again. I spent many nights on my knees in prayer, asking for help and guidance in my life. I had often been held up to ridicule, which I endured painfully, each time offering it up to the Father in hopes that I would not melt within my skin beneath the judgmental gaze of those who unfairly judged me. Now I had to face the truth.
My life was what it was, and I had to accept it for what it was.
I rose and slowly lifted the combined squares of my life to the light. Gasps filled the air. I gazed around at the others who stared at me with wide eyes.
Then I looked upon the tapestry before me. Light flooded the many holes, creating an image, the face of Christ.
Then our Lord stood before me, with warmth and love in His eyes. He said, “Every time you gave over your life to me, it became my life, my hardships, and my struggles. Each point of light in your life is when you stepped aside and let me shine through, until there was more of me than there was of you.”
May all our quilts be threadbare and worn, allowing Christ to shine
“Success is measured not by how much you have but by how much you have given away.”
It is update time!👏😀
Here is where I was last time
Almost to the end there on the left side. Now on part of the quilting is to the half way point but not all is. I was hoping to have it all reach the half way point… just didn’t make it.
The left side is to the half way point,the right of the yellow line isn’t.
Hubby and I are out of town over the weekend ,as we are attending the wedding of my son best friend. It is being held in Pennsylvania, and we have many miles to cover. I will touch base with all the lovely work being done when we arrive home.
Check out the others work that are doing the quilt along….
This Hand Quilt Along is an opportunity for hand quilters and piecers to share and motivate one another. We post every three weeks, to show our progress and encourage one another. If you have a hand quilting project and would like to join our group contact Kathy at the link below.