Handheld by God, Comforted by SpongeBob

01EmmaGoodbyeMy granddaughter left yesterday afternoon to spend two weeks with her father, stepmother and baby sister. She’ll be fine (saying it makes it true, right?). She was looking forward to seeing her sister and excited about getting to see fireworks (NOT something that happens here in the middle of a giant hayfield!).

To be honest, I think Emma’s face here is more a reflection of my own, a mirror to my emotions. She’s (I’m) full of trepidation, but hopeful. Hopeful that just this once — just this one time — everything will be as we imagine. Fun, love, laughter, we will enjoy the admiration of all and the scorn of none.

A child’s dream, to be sure, but one we all share. The best we can hope for is to be surrounded by God. To feel his presence even in the darkest of moments and in the smallest of ways.

Yesterday’s Spice Girls Quilts of Valor meeting was just Linda and I, but it was just what we needed. We spent the day propping each other up, quietly commiserating, sharing our fears and trading hope. Dorothy, my favorite Lutheran, stopped by to deliver our third quarter “Portals of Prayer” devotional. Thank you, Dorothy, I rely on your good spirit, giving nature and abiding faith. You are truly a Woman of God.

In this morning’s devotional I found deep comfort:

“…Imagine a father on a walk with his toddler in the woods. The boy’s feeble grasp on Dad’s fingers provides little security against rough terrain. But when Dad enfolds that little hand and wrist in his hand, there is security, no matter how rough things get. Faith does not hold on to God. It trusts that God holds on to us…”

I’m so glad that the strength and power of my love and faith in God does not depend upon my own strength, but depends solely on God’s strength.

“…little ones to Him belong, they are weak but He is strong…”

Spice Girls Quilts of Valor News

03Jane+tQOVWe have another finished quilt, Janet pieced the quilt, Kathy O. quilted it and I sewed on the binding yesterday. Isn’t it lovely?!! I have a Presentation Pillowcase yet to make.

Linda started on a new QOV that already has an assigned destination. Her niece, a National Guardsman (Guardswoman?) is in Iraq right now. This is her second tour overseas.

I didn’t have enough brain power left over from my long week, so I didn’t start anything new, but I did look over my kaleidoscope blocks from the last meeting, hoping that a design would come to mind…and nothing did. Ah well, all in good time!

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~ by Kimberly Mason on July 3, 2009.

4 Responses to “Handheld by God, Comforted by SpongeBob”

  1. What a sweet photo. Love the quote and the image of holding God’s hand. The quilt is beautiful, and I am sure, will be so very appreciated. Have a wonderful day Kim.

  2. What a beautiful child, I pray for happy and peaceful days for Emma. Thank you for sharing.

  3. I often find the image of a child holding hands with an adult a comforting one. Even moreso thinking of that bigger hand being the hand of God. My husband gave me one of those silver bracelets with a scriptural inscription around the edge that says, “I will never leave you or forsake you.” I love that it speaks for him as well as for God, and even in its simplicity brings me great comfort.

    Getting closer to doing a QOV! I’m thinking log cabin pattern (I really like those) or maybe Irish chain. Haven’t yet checked the web site to see what sorts of patterns are recommended, but I’m closer and closer to the point of creating. Woohoooo!

    Have a great fourth, Kim. I’ll hold Emma in my heart with you while she’s visiting another branch of the family.

  4. The best gift you can give her is to believe with all your heart that she’ll be fine, cared for, loved — all those things you want to happen. Because as long as she knows you’re sending her all those wonderful things, she WILL be fine, cared for, and loved — no matter what.

    Blessings on you both, my friend — and a happy Fourth!
    D

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