Tuesday, June 13, 2006
Back when the dinosaurs roamed the earth and my eyesight was not what it is today (does anyone know of a Braille class I could take--age has not been kind to my vision!), I enjoyed counted-cross-stitch. Today's treasure is a piece I stitched for my Great Aunt and Uncle for their 50th anniversary.
Within the last two years, both of these dear relatives have passed away. I received this gift back when their children cleaned out their parents lifelong home to sell. It represents a time in my life that I had two preschoolers and two teen foster children in our home and an absentee husband, busy climbing the corporate ladder. Cross-stitching was therapeutic for me! And I was excited to put a personal touch on my gift, my Great Aunt was very special to my heart, she was my Grandfathers sister.
Growing up in an alcoholic family, my father always bashed my Great Aunt and Uncle. Keeping the dys in dysfunctional is an important tool in keeping your family isolated. As a young adult, after a lifetime of hearing bad things about these relatives, I apprehensively connected with them. To my surprise, they were amazing people, who did amazing things with their wealth of wisdom, talent, and resources. I treasure their impact on my heritage.
It seemed appropriate that I stitch I Corinthians 13: 4-7 in honor of their 50 years together.
"Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres."
It is this model of love that challenges me as I love my husband, my children, my family, my friends, and how I am to love my prodigal. My Great Aunt and Uncle demonstrated that kind of love as they lived their life together. Now, each time I look at this framed gift hanging in my entry way, I am reminded of their love, how I have grown in their example, and the love of our Heavenly Father, who does not isolate, but gathers his family together in the circle of His abiding love! What a treasure!