Handheld by God, Comforted by SpongeBob
My 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
We 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!