Wednesday, May 22, 2013

The Quilt Holes

Subject: FW: The Quilt Holes

  Some days more than others we may forget but a reminder is always nice…..

The Quilt Holes
  As I faced my Maker at the last 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 was. 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 
  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 God. Then He 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.'
  May all our quilts be threadbare and worn, allowing God's Love 
  to shine through!
  God determines who walks into your's up to you to 
  decide who you let walk away, who you let stay and who you refuse to let   go.
  I need this back. If you'll do this for me, I'll do it for you. 
  When there is nothing left but God, that is when you find out that God is   all you need.
  Take 60 seconds and give this a shot! All you do is simply say 
  the following small prayer for the person who sent you this.
  Father, bless all my family and friends in whatever it is that 
 you know they may need this day! And may their life be full of your peace,   prosperity and power as he/she seeks to have a closer relationship with you. Amen.
  Send this on to five other people, including the one who sent 
  it to you.. Within hours you caused a multitude of people to pray for 
 other people. Then sit back and watch the power of God work in your life. 
 I chose more than five.. you can too!

take care and God Bless
Alex W Fraser 

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