A Prose by carmurr


Author: carmurr
Created: February 18, 2011 at 03:20 pm
Upload Type: Prose, G (All)  
Category: Spiritual | Spiritual | General/Other
Upload Stats: 5 Stars by 1 users with 1 comments and 199 views

THE QUILT  


As I faced my Maker at the last Judgement, I knelt before the Lord along with 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 squares together into a tapestry that is our life. But, as my Angel took each piece off the pile, I noticed how ragged and empty each of my squares were. 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 up at 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 death 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 had 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 judgemental 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 had been. I rose and slowly lifted the combined squares of my life to the light. An awe-filled gasp filled the air. I gazed around at the others who stared at me with eyes wide. Then I looked upon the tapestry before me. Light flooded the many holes, creating an image. The face of Christ, Then our Lord 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 your "quilts" be threadbare and worn, allowing Christ to shine through.

- Author Unknown -



Last Modified: February 19, 2011 at 11:48 am
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Author Notes


I am a quilter and also collect antique quilts. A friend sent this to me and I wanted to share the beautiful imagery and great spiritual message this prose contains. I hope all who read it will be truly blessed like I was.


 
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Comments & Reviews



sweetgeorgia
February 18, 2011
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beautiful
This is a masterpiece. Thanks for sharing



(Author)
Thank you so much for taking the time to read this wonderful piece. I wish I could say I wrote it, but I didn't. I also thought it was fantastic, as it shows so much about life and how when we step aside and let God take control of our lives, He can make us more like Him, especially in our pain.

 carmurr replied on February 19, 2011




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