“Jesus loves me this I know for the Bible tells me so” [a childrens hymn]
I have been on holiday recently and it was a lovely time of tranquillity and of renewal, we all need this in our lives, whether we go far away or a stay at home. The word Holiday comes from the words “Holy Day” where people took time out from the everyday and attended special services and prayers depending on the Christian time of year. It was also a time of celebration, with the work left behind for a day or days there was happiness and time to do different things.
I spent much of my time appreciating the beautiful surroundings and starting to Crochet again making up patterns and trying new colours and shapes. It also gave me time to look back over the year and try to make sense of what I have done in that time. I came across this short story about pattens and life and felt that it was so thought-provoking. It is called, “The Quilt”.
As I faced my Maker at the Last Judgement, I knelt before the Lord along with 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 was our life.
But as my Angel took each piece of cloth off the pile, I noticed how ragged and empty each of my squares were. They were filled with giant holes! Each square was labelled 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 had endured [which had the largest holes of all].
I glanced around me, nobody else had such squares. Others had tiny holes here and there, other tapestries were filled with rich colour 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 had to be displayed, held up to the light, to the scrutiny of truth. The others rose and each in turn holding up their tapestries. So filled their lives had 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, death, and false accusations that took me from the 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 had spent many nights on my knees in prayer, asking for help and guidance in my life. And now, I had to face the truth, my life was what it was, and I had to accept it for what it had been.
I rose and slowly lifted the combined squares of my life to the Light. An awe-filled gasp filled the air. I gazed around at the others who stared at me with eyes wide. Then, I looked upon the tapestry before me. Light flooded through 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 your life over 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….. Welcome Home My Child”
Our life is like a tapestry when we look back on it. Dark threads amongst the rich colours of life. Yet when we have handed over to Jesus and trusted in Him to get us through, then the Light of God has shone through.
LET US PRAY
LOVING FATHER GOD,
We come now before you aware of the dark threads in our tapestry of life, and of the golden threads of joy. We thank You for Your Presence in our lives and for all the prayers answered in so many different ways.
We thank You that Jesus walks alongside us bearing our burden when they get too much, giving us the strength to keep going, giving us Hope in the darkest of times.
We praise You for your love for us, ordinary people living an ordinary life, help us to appreciate the Blessings we do have and to be aware of Your Presence as we draw near to You.
We thank You for ordinary days and Holy Days when we can take time to be refreshed and renewed.
We ask these things in Jesus name.
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