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#211838 - 03/30/11 09:50 PM The Quilt Holes
Eagle Heart Offline
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The Quilt 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 laid 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 was 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 every day 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, only to somehow 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!
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If you can't change it, change the way you think about it.

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#211839 - 03/31/11 01:51 AM Re: The Quilt Holes [Re: Eagle Heart]
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What a beautiful message!
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#211920 - 04/04/11 08:51 AM Re: The Quilt Holes [Re: Anne Holmes]
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Creating Thoughts Of Benefit

Acts of virtue emerge from deep within, from an inner sanctuary of silence from which inspiration flows. Every action has its seed in a thought and every thought is a creation of the thinker, the soul. I choose what thoughts I want to create and as is my thinking so are my actions and also my experience in life. Going within, I touch the stillness and pure love that lie at the core of my being and every thought that I create is of benefit to myself and of benefit to humanity.

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#211928 - 04/04/11 03:46 PM Re: The Quilt Holes [Re: Mountain Ash]
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Registered: 02/17/05
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Eagle,
That was so beautiful it made tears come to my eyes. I'm so
happy I saw this thread. My heart is heavy right now. In my mind's eye, I see that quilt with the light shining through and it warms my soul.

MA,
Many times I've heard Joyce Meyer say, "As a man thinketh, so is he." And "we can choose our thoughts." Creating thoughts of benefit, equakes in my mind as positive thinking. And I've been studying the power of positive thinking for many decades. No one can do better than have [love] at the core of their being!
That is awesome!
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#214203 - 08/04/11 09:30 PM Re: The Quilt Holes [Re: jabber]
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EagleHeart every time I read your post it brings tears to my eyes. I decided not to cover it up and hopefully it will touch others as it has those of us who have read it so far..
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