Guess who I sat with in church this morning. She came for breakfast and we visited the Folk Art Center and the Blue Ridge Parkway too. Kathy Platnick! She was in N.C. with Sara who was on Spring Break and came to Asheville to put Sara on a plane back to Boston. We talked and talked and she brought me up to date on things happening in Palos Verdes and RHUMC. I showed her a quilt that had been given to me by the children in the Sunday School at RHUMC on my last Sunday there. One foot square pieces were prepared by the different classes and sewn together by somebody – I never knew who. Many of the children had put their signatures on the farewell best wishes greeting with a few personal notes on their class’s square. We had great fun identifying these children who are now young adults in their twenties. They drew pictures and obviously had fun with the project. Somebody quilted the final product to a large piece of colorful fabric with pictures of children. I have used this quilt a lot since I had foot surgery in November because I need to elevate the foot frequently. It has been my cover of choice for these months. I wish that I could thank the person who managed this project. This is one of those good deeds that somebody does that generates more ripple positive effects for longer than they could have imagined. 20 years later I feel not only the warmth of the quilt, but the warmth of the children’s good wishes. I am blessed by it. I can say to you: “If anybody knows who did this, please say thank you for me.” That will be another good deed. And who knows what long-term blessings might come of that!
Weaving Prayer Into the Tapestry of Life
Martha Rowlett is a minister in the United Methodist Church, a prolific blogger, and author of four books on prayer. Her book, Weaving Prayer Into the Tapestry of Life, provides an overview of the understanding and practice of prayer, offering an invitation to the reader to move from thinking to doing.
Read Martha’s writings from her blog at WeavingPrayerIntoTheTapestryOfLife.Com
Former senior pastor at Rolling Hills, Martha has served in local churches and on Conference staff in the United Methodist Church. Originally from Virginia, she has lived most of her adult life in California and Washington and currently enjoys mountain living in Asheville, North Carolina.