There came unto him a woman having an alabaster box of very precious ointment, and poured it on his head, as he sat at meat.


Thursday, February 10, 2011


Each of us has treasures [talents,gifts] we have been given to pour out on others. Some we regard as not important enough to share because others' talents seem so much more significant. No matter how small or unimportant we may feel our talent[s] is, we need to use it so it is not lost as the unused talent in Jesus' parable [Luke 19].

In our online Bible study, our moderator/leader, made the statement she had been thinking on Psalm 90:17-"Bless the work of our hands" or "establish thou the work of our hands upon us, yea, the work of our hands establish thou it".  Quilting is the reason I feel a connection with this group. Most of us are quilters and some are making a block a week so it is somewhat like an oldtime "quilting bee" even though we are scattered all over the world and don't know each other personally. "The Work" of the hands of many in this group is going on to others. Some doubt has been expressed as to the time spent quilting rather than in other activities that might be more beneficial so Carol was telling us that what we do is beneficial if we ask God's blessing on our work and do it for His glory.

One of our group asked for prayer for her 3 year old granddaughter, Emma, who is in treatment for leukemia. She posted a photo of that beautiful, smiling little girl with no hair that just touched my heart. Jesus told us that where two or three are gathered in His name, He would be in the midst. Even though we are not all together physically, we are together in mind and spirit praying for this little girl as we have prayed for other requests.

One of the treasures that God allows me to share is my prayer quilts, [comfort quilt, stitched prayers] and I felt that Emma should have one. There was one last set of printed Bible verses on fabric that I had done  to use for these children's quilts and that was Emma's. A pink fabric was chosen to finish it out for her and there was even a matching soft doll of the same fabric.

There is a pocket to fold the quilt up into and to put a book. I keep books to go along with the quilts.  Emma can also stick her little feet into the pocket to keep them warm and covered.

During the whole process of making the quilts: cutting the fabric, sewing it together and especially during the quilting [stitched prayers]-prayers are going up for the child the quilt is intended for. The message of the love of Jesus that is sent in the fabric seems to give the child a sense of peace and calm.

As "Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen"  tells us, my quilts are the substance of healing, peace, love hoped/prayed for and they are the evidence that God is already taking care of that child.

So, Emma, your quilt is to help you to always remember that Jesus loves you. He is with you, taking care of you.