November 15, 2011

Dear Friends,

When I asked Duane if he had anything that he thought I should share this evening, he mentioned posting the following article. He said that as he read it again this morning, it brought tears to his eyes. I know yesterday was rather an emotional and memory filled day for Duane. It was his birthday and he was missing his only dear son so much! We talked about how Austin would have been the one who would have talked to me weeks earlier about what we could do to make Duane’s birthday extra special. Austin was just like that. He would have had many ideas and been the one who was the most excited about the day. We talked about how Austin must be enjoying helping to prepare each of our special “home-going” parties!!!

QUILT HOLES

As I faced my Maker at the 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 were.

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 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 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.

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!”

-Author unknown

 

Our prayer is that all our quilts would be threadbare and worn…allowing Christ to shine through!

Cindy (for The Mullett family)

 

 

8 Comments
  • Ed & Joyce Yoder
    Posted at 12:23h, 16 November

    That was beautiful….such an encouragement!!

  • Willis & Miriam
    Posted at 12:35h, 16 November

    God Bless and Happy Birthday. You can believe this was written for all of you.You have been such examples of hope and love and courage. We love you and bless you.

  • Tammy Hershberger
    Posted at 13:43h, 16 November

    oh cindy that is beautiful!! wow!! as i was reading i thought this sounds so much like my life right now. this is also my prayer that people would be able to see Christ through me. thank you for sharing this. praying for you.

  • Edna Stoltzfus
    Posted at 13:43h, 16 November

    The 16th is Stephen’s birthday. So this is a hard week.
    I am just glad that I had him as long as I did.
    I found the verse “Blessed are they that mourn for he shall be comforted”. I am claiming that promise for today. Edna

  • Patti Scarbrough
    Posted at 21:09h, 16 November

    My tears flow. Thank and Bless You. Patti

  • Matt Dickerson
    Posted at 17:08h, 18 November

    Wonderful post!!! Wow, I need to share this with several people.

  • Montana Severe
    Posted at 18:03h, 14 October

    WOW!!!! That one really hit me…I thought of Austin but also of myself…I only hope that I can have many holes in my quilt…where God can shine through…Thank you for sharing and I will be passing this along! Love you and God bless

  • Duane & Cindy
    Posted at 14:30h, 18 October

    Hi Montana! We have been able to tell that you already DO have holes where the face of Jesus is seen through your life. The process that God uses isn’t always easy or much fun but it helps us fulfill our number one calling of living…giving glory to God! Keep shining for Him! ~Cindy

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