The Quilt of Your LIfe


Long ago, even before he made the world, God chose us to be his very own through what Christ would do for us; he decided then to make us holy in his eyes, without a single fault—we who stand before him covered with his love.” Ephesians 1:4 TLB

We have a quilt that I had made for my husband. It is made out of some t-shirts that held meaning for him. Some had been given to him by friends as a gift. Some bore the logos of his workplace, and several were given to him by our grandson who served three tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan. They bear the emblems of his battalions.

Then up in my closet, is a handstitched quilt made by my husband’s Grandma Garrison. When my children were little, I sewed a lot of their clothes. I would give the leftover pieces to grandma. She would cut them in squares and sew them together, hand stitching each one. When I look at that quilt, I visualize several years of my children’s lives. The quilt probably holds more meaning for me than anyone else, for it takes me back and I remember how old they were when they wore that romper, dress, shirt or shorts.

Then there was the year that my husband cut the squares and I machine stitched the quilt pieces together. I believe it was called an “Eight-hour Quilt.” I had selected the colors carefully and as a team, we made our adult children’s Christmas gift. The legacy there was that it was a joint project between my husband and me. I dare say, we put a lot of love and planning into the gift. We put a little of our lives into it.

All these quilts make me think of piecing a quilt from the squares “years” of our lives. I wonder what kind of pattern we are creating. I’m sure there will be beautiful squares—those years that are filled with joy and blessings, then no doubt, there will be some dark squares—years that were filled with trials. I wonder when God looks down on the squares/years of our lives, what is the pattern He sees. Is our quilt pattern the colors of love? Is our life quilt forming a pattern of trust and reliance on Him? I hope so.

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