The Patchwork Quilt

I wrote this poem after my son and I read a book in homeschool about a community of women who made a coat for a little girl who had none out of scraps of material from other clothing. When the schoolchildren teased the girl about her patchwork coat, she told them it was a coat of stories–because each scrap had a story behind it. After we read the story, I pondered the pieces of my life and the stories they told.
The Patchwork Quilt

I would have thrown them all away
for they’d all seen a better day
The pieces tattered and threadbare
Showing signs of strain and wear
Those cherished dreams that didn’t last
Remnants of hopes from the past
But ancient hands that saved each bit
Trim jagged pieces till they fit
Then sewing with a slender thread
A cross-stitch that’s a deep blood-red
Redeem the useless scraps to form
A patchwork quilt to keep me warm
I’m comforted by the quilt’s embrace
As life’s patches I gently trace
Amazed that every piece can tell
A story that warms my heart so well
For every patch I feel and see 
Recalls God’s faithfulness to me
Each dark patch that I’ve lived through
Reminds that God had been there too
For when trouble had me in it’s hold
I saw His love and good unfold
The lighter pieces, cheerful and bright
Recall joyful dancing in His light
The pieces tattered and threadbare
Hold beauty in the stories shared
If I’d discarded them as planned
I’d never had seen God’s faithful hand
But the pains and pleasures so long past
Now warm me with a love that lasts

About TJ

In 2015 my family moved from a small village in mid-Michigan to five beautifully forested acres in Northern Michigan. We love the lakes and rivers, the forests, and the billions of stars we can see in the night sky, as well as the many cultural and historical activities in our area. We also love that the deer and wild turkeys come right up to our house. This is where our hearts are! I have multiple cats (five the last time I counted), and a sweet introverted dog who rarely barks and who deeply loves the six adorable ducks and nine chickens that have become part of our family. I enjoy reading, studying, writing, and learning new things. I also enjoy walking my dog, cuddling my cats, and gardening. I love nature. The world fascinates me.

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