Patchwork People

Patchwork people are the ones who take little pieces of fabric

And stitch them together to make beautiful quilts

Each patchwork quilt has a story

I met a patchwork person while visiting my friend the other day

This patchwork lady, not only makes the gorgeous quilts, along with many other patchwork people but they give away a quilt to a foster child as a gift.

Lots and lots of them

The idea is, that each foster child is being wrapped in God’s love which is represented by the quilt

And each foster care child they meet has a story, just like the quilts

A broken home

A parent who can’t take care of them anymore

Abuse

Neglect

Terrible, tragic stories

PATCHWORK PEOPLE

As I left my friend’s house, I thought about the quilts

The foster children being wrapped in God’s love

The Scripture’s on the back of each quilt

And I thought…

We can all become patchwork people

And you don’t even need to know how to sew or use a sewing machine to become one!

Goodness me, no

You just need to love on people

Psalm 147 says,  ‘God heals the heartbroken and bandages their wounds’

Patchwork people are made from the fabric of community

A community of people who just love people

And if we stop trying to create community and start to build one

We will be able to see what’s right in front of our eyes

Every day we encounter

Broken people

People who have had their hearts torn over their circumstances

When you get a community of people who are from all walks of life

But are stitched together because of their love for Christ

You get patchwork people

People who have a common cause

A blanket of God’s love

Stitched together, just loving on broken people

If you look at a patchwork quilt, each piece of fabric is different and unique

But together they make a covering

A covering that wraps God’s love around this hurting, wounded world

Psalm 34:18 says, ‘If your heart is broken, you’ll find God right there; if your kicked in the gut, he’ll help you catch your breath’

Have you ever felt like life has kicked you in the gut

And you need a moment to catch your breath?

I know I’ve had times in my life

When all I needed was a warm blanket of God’s love to wrap myself in

To feel safe and secure in His embrace

And God sends patchwork people to me

Because

Love doesn’t wait until you have it altogether

Love. Just. Does

Right there in the moment

So, here’s a crazy thought…

This week let’s become a community of Patchwork People

You don’t have to make it awkward or weird

Just a community of different people

Stitched together with a common cause

To show broken people the love of Christ

People who just wrap God’s love like a patchwork quilt around broken people

Go on, try it!

And leave a comment below

I really want to hear your stories!

 

Wendy xo

 

 

 

 

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Wendy Parker

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