The Mercy Quilt
A quilt lovingly, painstakingly, patiently cut, stitched and embroidered.
Hours spent kneeling. Hands cutting fabric and a spirit deep in prayer.
Boxes full of seemingly useless clothing salvaged, a reminder of a life as vibrantly complex and contradictory as the mismatched patterns and colors stacked and waiting to be sewn.
The hum of a machine that once belonged to the owner of the clothing now being used by an only daughter to sew a quilt for a granddaughter. Two sets of freckled hands, two women with an ability to create beauty, united for a moment.
Three generations being stitched back together in one quilt.
Grief untangled like thread woven through knotted generations....
Severed mother/daughter relationships going back 6 generations.
Women broken under their burdens.
Curses uttered with painted lips.
Scars well masked and covered from sight.
Daughter wounded and abandoned
turned to Mother who wounded and abandoned.
Each one tries, Lord knows she tried...but the well was dry.
Each woman sought to fill the well with something.
Like patterns laid on top of fabric each generation imprints their own pain on next.
Patterns are difficult to alter. What has been cut is hard to mend...
but not impossible.
God is intricately piecing lives back together.
Stitched into each square.
Random and uncharted beauty.
Memories of women long gone.
Forgiven, loved, and freed from the chaos they caused,
and the carnage they chose to overlook.
to free the future.
Bitterness, longing, hurt released.
Fabric embracing three generations of women who never once stood in a room together.
3 generations of females who never celebrated Christmas in the same house...
are now bonded in this quilt.
A reminder of God's mercy
Mercy that we all so desperately need. Mercy that we can now freely give to others.
with new patterns.
Beauty out of suffering.
"Therefore, if anyone is in Christ,
he is a new creation;
the old has gone, the new has come!
All this is from God,
who reconciled us to himself through Christ
and gave us the ministry of reconciliation:
that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ,
not counting men's sins against them.
And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation.
We are therefore Christ's ambassadors,
as though God were making his appeal through us.
We implore you on Christ's behalf:
Be reconciled to God.
God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him
we might become the righteousness of God.
2 Corinthians 5:17-21
"I took you from the ends of the earth,
from the farthest corners I called you.
I said "you are my servant" I have chosen you
and not rejected you.
So do not fear, for I am with you;
do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you;
I will uphold you with my righteous right hand"
Isaiah 41: 9-14
"Therefor, I urge you brothers, in view of God's mercy,
to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God-
this is your spiritual act of worship.
Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world,
but be transformed by the renewing of you mind.
Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is -
his good, pleasing and perfect will."
Romans 12: 1