Monday, March 17, 2014

God's Beautiful Patchwork


I love the look of quilts.  Bits of cloth intricately sewn together into beauty to cover a bed or table or wall.

The church is made up of a patchwork of people, sewn together into a beautiful tapestry that is the body of Christ.  Different gifts, personalities, and talents that on their own can be useful but when perfectly pieced together turn into something spectacular! 

Some use their gifts to sing.  Others to teach.  Others to administrate.  Still others have gifts in prayer. Or exhortation.  Or helps.  Individually, able to make a difference, but corporately able to change the world.

I miss my friends at our old church, but am so thrilled when I hear of them continuing to reach their community for Christ.  I am growing in love for my friends in our new church.  They too are striving to make a difference in this community some 450 miles away in a different part of the state.  We are part of a larger body of believers who are all using their gifts and talents to share the love of Christ with their communities.

Little pieces sewn together into a gorgeous patchwork quilt and it is beautiful!  As I looked around our congregation yesterday and saw the beautiful faces of young and old, worshiping together, I caught a glimpse of what heaven will be like.

What a glorious day that will be!Photobucket

This week I'm thankful for blessings #1971-1980

* Renewed vision

* 17 visitors in church on Sunday.

* An encouragement call from a friend.

* Signs of spring.

* A safe trip back to college for Stephen.

* His acceptance into the college of his choice for next year to finish his bachelor's degree.

* Safety for Nathan on the road.

* Full cupboards and refrigerator.

* An invitation to speak at a local woman's group on Thursday night.

and finally...

* God's patchwork.