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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Friendship (04/04/05)

TITLE: Tapestry
By Jan Ackerson


Several evenings a week, I get together with a few dear friends for company, conversation, and support. Itís a casual, come-as-you-are get-together; Iíve even been known to attend in jammies and slippers. Most of us bring something to munch on. We come and go as we please. The threads of our conversations form a tangled tapestry.

We are all women of that time of life when we have been occasionally startled to see, in the mirror, our motherís face. We have ridiculous adult children who appear to have learned little from us. Our houses have rooms with new furniture, as family members have left to take up residence elsewhere. New furnishings now decorate our hearts as well, with each new grandchild, great-niece or nephew, and in-law.

We have carried one another through illness, depression, and loss. We have rejoiced at new life, forgiveness, and personal triumph. We have laughed at our own clumsiness and at each otherís foibles.

Although we are of widely varied circumstances, we are bound by our common faith. Women of persistent prayer, we are like the widow in Luke 18, known to pester God until He relents.

Most of us have never met. Tossed together serendipitously by the wonder of the internet, we gather in cyberspace and chat with flying fingers.

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Carol Dee Meeks04/11/05
I really enjoyed this write as well as identify with it. Good job.
darlene hight04/11/05
Love the title and the article. Friendship has taken on a new form with the internet hasn't it?
Delores Baber04/11/05
Thanks for a special article that reminded me of the fellowship I have discovered in Christian chat rooms and web sites. We'll all meet one day. Right?
Christine Rhee04/12/05
Good twist at the end!!
Carnation NS04/12/05
Yes, that's frienship. Knows no limit. Thanks for showing the good side of internet friendships, as we share here.
Dixie Phillips04/13/05
Reminds me of the saying, 'When women have coffee a marriage is saved.' Loved the tapestry angle.
L.M. Lee04/14/05
Splendid! I loved this! I guess because I'm so there!
Deborah Porter 04/18/05
Hi there Jan. I probably won't get to do this every week, but I'll try to do it as often as I can. I really just wanted to let you know that "Tapestry" made it into the semi-finalist list for the Friendship Challenge. Be encouraged - you were right up there with the winners. With love, Deb (Challenge Co-ordinator)
Jody Goode03/31/06
Hi Jan,

I got to this article via visiting my sister's article you have chosen as the feature article the week of April 17, '06 (Father and Son - Elizabeth Whitehouse) and looking through your list of articles this one caught my eye as I have too written a similar article about friendship and fellowship (Master's Tapestry of Life) and, to make a long story longer, I met a fellow poet through her comment on my Tapestry article a couple of years ago - in cyberspace. Our friendship has grown deep and I'm excited to announce that we will be able to meet face to face even though our homes are on opposite sides of the country as my family will be visiting her home state this summer. The threads that bind us in fellowship are truly magnificent and not easily torn apart. Just one of the many blessings we share as we share our lives, faith and identity in Christ our Savior. Many blessings your way! Jody
Jacquelyn Horne06/13/07
I could just see each of you sitting around "gabbing" and then the surprise, the internet. This is a good early piece.