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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Sewing (02/22/07)

TITLE: The Fabric of Their Lives
By Mo
02/28/07


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When they met he was a “suit” -- and she was a sweat-suit.
-- He wore leather.
-- She was a vegan.
-- He liked wool.
And she preferred organic cotton.

Opposites attract.
-- She wore bright patterns.
-- He wore serious solids.
-- She was quiet comfy fleece.
And he was a big loud plaid.

Their friendship blossomed into romance.
-- He wore stripes.
-- She wore paisleys.
-- He loved logos.
And she liked florals.

They began to sew together the complicated fabric of their lives.
-- Times together were like quilt squares.
-- Long conversations stitched them together.
-- Their growing love was the border.
And it grew…

The quilt of their lives was bright and beautiful.
-- White lace for their wedding
-- Pink chiffon for their daughter
-- Blue flannel for their son
Satiny smooth rainbows for their blossoming family

Some squares were dark.
-- Drab linens for tough times
-- Navy wool for fights
-- Black silk for loved ones lost
But strong borders held them together

Weak seams got stressed.
-- Differing priorities loosened others.
-- Familiarity caused frays.
-- Stubbornness caused others.
But their kiss-and-make-up seams were stronger than before.

Repairs took time.
-- But other quilts had tears.
-- Some lost their stuffing.
-- Many were shredded into threads.
Lots got discarded for something perhaps better.

But old threads get recycled.
-- And stitched into a new quilt, different from the first.
-- Stronger and more harmonious
-- Even if smaller
Even if sewn by just one

The fabric of our lives perseveres.
-- In our hearts
-- In our minds
-- In our actions
And in our faith

God has no throwaways.
-- He creates.
-- He encourages.
-- He supports.
And he is always there.

He is The Lamb that provides the everlasting thread… of life.


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Verna Cole Mitchell 03/03/07
This was excellent! The analogies were good and formed a clear message.
Donna Emery03/03/07
I really liked this. I think the beginning stanzas were especially strong; loved the contrasting personalities. Good work
Elizabeth Bussey03/04/07
Very unique approach to this topic. I liked it!
Michelle Burkhardt03/06/07
A very creative way to use the topic. I loved seeing the couple's thread of life. Great job!
Connie Pilston Shoemaker03/07/07
Love this! I tried unsuccessfully to go this route with my entry, but bailed. This was what I wanted to say! Great job at weaving it so well!