Volume 32 Number 44

Quilt of Holes

As I faced my Maker at the last judgment, I knelt before the Lord along with all the other souls.  Before each of us lay our lives like the squares of a quilt in many piles; an angel sat before each of us sewing our quilt squares together into a tapestry that is our life.   But as my angel took each piece of cloth off the pile, I noticed how ragged and empty each of my squares was. 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 upon 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 wealth, 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, but somehow I’d muster the strength to pick up and begin again. I 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 judgmental 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 was.  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 wide eyes. 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 our quilts be threadbare and worn, allowing Christ to shine through!

News & Notes

SUNBEAMS: The Sonbeams will be going for lunch on Tuesday Nov. 10th. We will meet at the Olive Garden Restaurant, 3600 Westown Parkway at 11:30. Please let Lyle know if you plan to join us.

THE SHORES:  Today we have services at The Shores at 2:00 in Pleasant Hill.  We would appreciate having several of you attend to help us sing again. Thank-you for your continued support of this program.

TEEN GATHERING:  Sunday, Nov 15th following evening services at Mitch and Jo Mort’s.   Girls bring desserts and boys bring hot dog buns.

BRIDAL SHOWER:  There will be a shower for Dora Crocker (Tim Bailey) on November 15 at 2:00pm at Ann Longfellow’s home.

Please bring a favorite recipe to share with Dora and an ingredient or two to help stock their cupboards.

If you would like to donate to the group gift, please give it to Ann or Sandy Longfellow.

Tim and Dora are registered at Target and Bed, Bath and Beyond, china at Dillards.

MCCLARENS:  Bob and Gene arrived safely today, Thursday, in Texas at their daughter’s home.  They visited friends in Arkansas on their trip to Texas.  Gene said it was like summer there today.

CARE PACKAGES:  The teens are asking for donated single serving packets of food and other items on the sign up list or that you might think a college student, soldier, or shut- in might enjoying receiving or eating.    We intend to collect from now until Sunday evening, Nov. 15.  As in the past year, monetary donations to help with the package shipping costs are welcome also. -The GrandView Teen Class.

THANK YOU CARDS!  A thank you card was received from Kim and Gary Hysell for the acts of support during the roller coaster of Mike’s illness and passing.

A thank you card was  received from the Hiskey, Johnson and Hardy (x3) families for the prayers, food, cards and loving support during Karen’s illness and passing.

Prayer Requests

Connie Wilhoit’s mom passed away suddenly this week. Please pray for this family as they are traveling to Arizona and back.
Mike Johnson’s manager Pat is suffering from a Staph infection in his arm.

Marge Steven’s sister Dorothy had to go to the emergency room recently with high blood pressure. They have changed her medication.

Dan Nitz, Marnie Walker’s father, was admitted to the hospital Wednesday for chest pains. It is unknown what is causing them.

Please remember the family of Mike Hysell who passed away.

Cassie, Melissa & Micah’s grandmother was moved to the beginning Alzheimer’s Unit in York, Nebraska. Also, their Great Aunt Pearl has very advanced breast cancer and a call expected at any time.

Brian Hiskey’s grandmother was hospitalized Monday with heart palpitations.

Brian’s friend Laylee was in danger of having the state take away her child, now she is pregnant again and the state may take both children.

Brian Hisky asked to pray for his co-worker Mike as he has been temporarily laid off from work and he usually handles these situations poorly.

Mary Steele’s daughter, Tiffini, has learned she has an essential tremor which runs in the family and is annoying but doesn’t cause health problems.  She will be having a hysterectomy sometime in July for her gynecological  difficulties.  We thank everyone for their prayers and we thank God for continually watching over us.

Brian’s friend, Jeff Ward, has esophageal cancer and liver cancer.

Dot, Beth and Jeannie’s step-mother has wide spread cancer in the abdomen but  will be on medication..

Brenda Johnson  has gotten her hours back!  Thanks!

Kyle and Deborah Wallis recently lost their jobs.

Clint Mongan is now recovering at home.

Alice Potter, Rich’s mother  will not be having surgery.

Pray for our nation and all the challenges facing it.

Elaine’s daughter Jennifer that has parvo virus.

Mike Mazak’s father is in failing health and his desire to bring him to Christ.

Shane Siegle’s sister, Cherrie Hubbard has been diagnosed with breast cancer.

Those looking for employment:  David and Frank Colton, Floyd West (Susie Easter’s brother), Kyle and Deborah Wallis, also remember our state workers!

Phil Walker has found a job in Birmingham, Alabama and will begin work in mid-November.  Marnie and the girls will be staying in Des Moines for a time.

Phyllis Mort’s sister-in-law, Carol, has been placed in in-home Hospice Care.

Martha Winkelman’s (a friend of Phyllis Mort) cancer has spread throughout her body.

Amber Birmingham, a friend of the Morts, has asked for us to pray for a tumor that was found.

The family of Jason Hubbard needs our prayers for their 12 year old daughter Abbey and the family with difficulties.

Ronnie Harrison’s sister Sharon has been losing weight from her treatments.

Nick Lacina who has leukemia and worships at the Center Street Church of Christ in Marshalltown.

Expectant mothers:  Sarah Mongan, Dawn White, Dora Crocker, Anne Ogle

Missions:  Bob and Marla Housby in Italy; Richardsons; Emilee Flaherty – medical missions in Zambia.

Calendar of Events

  • Nov 8 – The Shores
  • Nov 15 – Shower for Dora Crocker (Tim Bailey)
  • Dec 6 – Dora Crocker and Tim Bailey wedding
  • Jan 22 – All Church Birthday Party!
  • Feb 20 – Jess Mort and Jerod Flaherty wedding

End of this issue.