“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” (Romans 15:13 NIV)
Lucinda sat at her sewing machine, patiently feeding the fabric under the needle. The machine whirred and hummed as she worked. She was creating another baby quilt. She made many of them to donate to the NICU at the local hospital.
Quilting was her passion, and she loved making these quilts for the little ones who came into the world a little too soon or with physical disabilities they and their parents had to deal with. It was her way of spreading the love of God. She embroidered a Bible verse into a corner of each quilt, so that the recipient read at least one verse of God’s word in their lives. She also prayed over each one; that peace, comfort and hope would accompany it as it entered the home of one of God’s children.
She had been working on this quilt all day, and now it was finally finished. She neatly folded and placed it with the others she had finished that week and put them in her van to take to the hospital. She called her contact, her friend Marley, to make sure she was there to receive the quilts. She said she would be available for the next two hours.
Lucinda drove the short distance to the hospital. Marley was waiting for her when she walked in. She handed over the quilts and chatted with her friend for a few moments. Then Marley took the quilts and went to her office to finish her day. Lucinda wandered to the infant Nursery. She loved looking at the sweet babies. She prayed over them all and just took in their innocence and purity. She had had two children of her own. They were grown now. She had made quilts for them, too. She missed having her babies home. And she was proud of the adults they had become.
As Lucinda drove home, she planned her next quilt. She couldn’t wait to get started on it. Each block was sewn with love and hope. Each stitch contained a prayer. Her passion was not only making quilts for the babies but sending the love and hope of Jesus into as many homes as she could.
Just Humming Along (© Barb Witt 6/27/2020)
And now, we pray…
Lord, in You we find hope and peace. Please fill us to overflowing with Your love and joy so that we are able to pass it on to all we meet. Thank You for everything.
In Jesus’ name we pray. AMEN!