“Oh look Mama, my doll she is falling apart;
her leg seems to be falling out of place; the
stitches mama; the stitches; they just don’t seem to stay in place.”
“Here let me see my dear child.
Oh yes this precious hand made doll was mine once, a long time ago. I remember when my Grandmother made this precious rag doll. It was during the war on my birthday in 1943 when I received it from Your Great Grandmother Ethel.She was 72 at the time and we were all so dirt poor that the only gifts we could possibly afford were hand made for Birthdays and for Christmas. I will never forget the surprise when I unwrapped that beautiful rag doll; how special she became to me. When I was a little girl I would read the Bible to her and tell her about the Love of Jesus. Your Great Grandmother, even with her severe arthritis, lovely stitched this beautiful doll for me.My mom shared with me that she would sing Christian Hymns, while she was sewing, which would ease her pain. My Grandma told me, just before she died, that she placed a rare coin in this doll’s leg and lovingly said that it might be worth something one day.
In 1957 your Grandmother and Grandfather had no real money so they sold that rare coin and it helped your Grandfather to start his printing press; the very press that prints those precious Christian Bibles and Hymns you see at the Churches today.”
“Oh my, Mama ,this doll is very special. Will I ever find something in her leg one day?”
“Only God knows my child ;God knows.
Oh, the phone is ringing. Hello!”
“ Hi ! Is this Mrs. Shuster?” “Yes.” “This is the doctor’s office. We have the test results back from your last examination and the doctor would like you to come in this afternoon to go over the results.” “Oh my! Yes, I will be there this afternoon.”
“Sarah honey, we need to go for a ride, but before we do, let me see your doll,while you go get ready. I will sew her leg and then we can go to my appointment.”
“Dear Lord,please show me what I have that would be of the most value to Sarah; and that would be a Blessing to her one day. Oh yes, my beautiful gold cross ;that Mom gave to me.She gave one to me and one to my twin sister just before she died.Yes Lord, I will place this gold cross in the doll’s leg and someday Sarah will have that special cross.
Yes Lord, this cross is very special; and someday it will be special for my dear Sarah.”
“Time to go Sarah! Here is your doll; and her leg is all sewn up almost like new.”
“Oh thanks Mommy! She looks perfect!”
Ten years later; at the bedside of her dying Mother…
“Sarah I want you to know that I love you so very much;it is now time for me to go home to be with Jesus. I will see your Dad again. It has been along time since I saw his dear face.”
“Oh Mom,why, why is God allowing this to happen? Ever since that dreadful day in the doctor’s office ten years ago when I saw that look in your eyes and your tears Mom, I just knew something was wrong.” “ Yes Sarah, but the doctor said that I would probably only live for 2-3 yrs with this cancer; and God has given me 10. Let us be Thankful my Dear Daughter.
Before I go to be with Him,I want you to know that I put something in your doll when I sewed it that day;all you need to do is to unravel the stitches and sew it up again.”
Sarah’s mom fades into a coma and the doctors can’t revive her.
“Mom, I love you!Don’t leave me !Dear God, I feel so alone;first Dad leaving us and now Mom;where will I go?”
A few months latter at Sarah’s home
the phone rings…
“Hello?” “Hi Sarah,this is Your Aunt Ethel.”
“Aunt Ethel? I remember Mom mentioning she had a sister and how she was separated from her during the war.” “ Yes dear,that was such a devastating time for us to live through. I’m so sorry to learn of your Great loss. I was wondering if you would like to stay with your uncle and me.Your mom and I have been searching for each other ever since the end of the war.I believe in my heart that God has brought us together. Sarah,a miracle happened! I was watching the news here in the states and I saw this news report of a young teenage girl in a newspaper and she looked a lot like your Mom and she even had the special hand made gold cross that our Mother gave to us. I knew it was hers!” “Wow, Aunt Ethel! After Mom died, I found this beautiful gold carved cross with three diamonds on it inside my ragdoll; and I have worn it every day since mom went to heaven. You must have seen my photo in the newspaper of our
Christian Youth choir here in Europe. Sure Auntie, what a wonderful blessing; what a beautiful hidden treasure that my dear Mom passed on to me. I would love to meet you and Uncle.” “Thank You Lord.”
This is a precious story. I would like to see you work with it, and send it away to some publication. It is great legacy of God's continual care for His children, regardless of where they live. Thanks for sharing.