When my children were all in school, I started attending the quilting group at my church. Great fellowship is shared while tying knots and pinning binding. I heard a speaker once tell of visiting an ELCA mission abroad. When the local people heard the Lutherans were coming to visit, they ran to their dwellings and came out with their Lutheran World Relief quilts, yelling “Lutheran, Lutheran.” I love that!
Our quilting ministry has donated to the police department, fire department, Lutheran World Relief, and other places. It feels so good to give the quilts.
We also gift our high school graduates with a special quilt with this blessing on the back: “I am with you always, (graduate name), to the end of the age.” We pray that the message will be remembered when things get tough and that it will remind them that they are a beloved child of God.
This message is excerpted from “She gives them away” by Kristy Henricksen from the May 30, 2022, blog of the Women of the ELCA.
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