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Thursday, January 22, 2009

Quilt of Holes

A dear friend sent this to me today and it was such a wonderful thing to read. So I thought I would pass it on to you!
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Quilt of Holes

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 every day 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 tap estries 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 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, and wealth, 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 painf ully, 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.

And 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. An awe-filled gasp 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 through!

God determines who walks into your life....it's up t o you to decide who you let walk away, who you let stay, and who you refuse to let go.

.....When there is nothing left but God that is when you find out that God is all you need.

Take 60 seconds and give this a shot! All you do is simply say the following small prayer for the person who sent you this.

Father, God bless all my family and friends in whatever it is that you know they may need this day! And may their life be full of your peace, prosperity and power as he/she seeks to have a closer relationship with you. Amen.


14 comments:

Anonymous said...

I don't know you, but, I lift you up in prayer, daily. I'm kinda new to this blog thing...but I cried when I read this. Thank you, and I hope you had a good day.

teacher

Linda said...

That is wonderful ! I love it!! I wish the same to you Cora.

tam said...

Thank You Cora! And I hope you are having a wonderful day! ~Smiles~Tam!

Nicole said...

Hi Cora. I have a question for you. My father in law has colorectal cancer. He is been struggling with a fever ever since treatment. Yesterday it got to 103.0. He's in the hospital right now and they are doing tests on him. Did you have a fever during your treament? He has been done with chemo/radiation for 2 weeks now and is still having fevers. He will have surgery in four weeks...
Just curious of your experience. I think I remember from your posts that you did struggle with a fever but can't remember theh particulars...

Love,
Nicole

Shanda said...

That is a beautiful piece of writing. Hope you doing well and that Buster is taking good carwe of you.

theoldestonehouse said...

Cora
This is a beautiful picture of Jesus and what it means to have Him in our lives. Thanks for sharing it with me(us).

I hope you are doing OK.

Rhonda

Kath said...

Thanks Cora-
I love this and haven't read it in a long time! Thanks so much for sharing it.
I hope you're doin and feeling well.

Hugs-Kath

Ruthie said...

That's a great post.

I hope you are doing better each day.
My prayers are with you still - that you'll heal fast, that you will feel good, and that many joys will come your way.

Hugs. Ruthie

Lea of Farmhouse Blessings said...

Just beautiful, Cora! You know you're in my prayers.

Hugs,
Lea

debbie said...

DEAR PRECIOUS CORA,
THANK YOU FOR SHARING THAT WITH US. YOU KNOW WE SOOO EASILY FORGET HOW TEMPORAL THIS LIFE IS..IT IS THE VERY BEGINNING OF LIFE. I LIFT YOU UP FERVENTLY TO GOD'S THRONE ROOM OF MERCY AND GRACE AND WHAT A FAITHFUL SERVANT YOU ARE....ABOUT THE FATHER'S BUSINESS.
HUGS TO YOU MY FRIEND,
debbie

Claudia said...

I am so humbled by this. Thanks for sharing it. I definitely needed to read it today. *hugs*

Oma aka Meme said...

soft hugs and you should have a ''tissue warning''on this one- bless your heart- praying for you and thinking about your weeks that you have so strongly waded through- hugs from Meme

mary said...

Hi sweet Cora! Thank you for the kind birthday wishes - I had a wonderful day. I have been following your journey and praying for a cancer-free future for you. Thank you for sharing your heart, your struggles, and your love for the Lord. Your worst year is over! A new year of joyful living is here just for you! Have a wonderful, restful weekend.
Mary

Toni said...

This was so beautiful Cora!!I plan on forwarding it so some friends who could use some renewing of their souls!!Love ya!!!