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By Lois Parker Edstrom
Suggestions: If you have quilters in your congregation ask them to display quilts they have made and talk about quilts they may have given as charitable gifts.
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At times we become so excited about an upcoming event that we have trouble waiting. It may be a holiday you are looking forward to, a vacation, or a party, and you ask your mother every day – “how many more days?”
Sometimes, while on a long car ride, you become tired and bored. You ask, “Are we there yet?” You may ask it over and over and the answer may sound like this: “Be patient!”
The Bible teaches us that learning to be patient is a good thing. Here is an example that may help you understand why we should learn to be patient. I’ve brought along a handmade quilt. The quilt is made up of many pieces of fabric which have been carefully sewn together to make a lovely pattern. If you look closely you will see that the quilt is held together with very tiny stitches. Expert quilters like to make 10 to 12 stitches within each inch. That takes a lot of practice and a lot of patience. (Indicate on a ruler the size of an inch.)
Someone had a great deal of patience to make this quilt. Hours and hours were spent choosing the right material, cutting the pieces, joining the pieces and then quilting the layers of the quilt together.
A beautiful quilt has been created because the quilter was patient. This quilt will hang on the wall to be admired as art or will be used on a bed to keep someone warm. Quilters are patient and generous people. They often give the quilts they make to others. I know of quilters who make quilts for people who are sick and need to be comforted.
Today’s Bible lesson gives us this advice: “Don’t grumble… against one another…” (5:9).
There are times when we need to speak up and make changes and there are other times when we need to be patient. When you get restless or are tempted to complain, remember that learning how to be patient is part of becoming more grown up. It feels great to realize you are a calm person who knows how to wait for good things to happen. Congratulate yourself for learning this skill!
Scripture quotations from the World English Bible
Copyright 2012, Richard Niell Donovan