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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Sewing (02/22/07)

TITLE: Tiny Stitches of Love
By Kathy Bruins


“We need you to leave the room for a moment,” they told me at the beginning of the rehearsal. Why should I have to leave? Anxious questions swirled through my mind as I walked from the gym.

Eons later, they called for my return. Trying to connect to the vibes of the secret meeting, I looked into the faces of everyone who was part of the project. With no clue to be taken, we went on with the practice.

The 60 people in the production worked hard at grabbing the vision cast to them. The message was to be received, and then sent out to the audience. Could I tell they were frazzled shoppers searching for the perfect gift, yet not finding it? Bags of the season whirled through the first number. The music, with its stomping beat, added to the frantic scene.

The man who missed his wife terribly after losing her this year, walked aimlessly through the stores Christmas shopping by himself for the first time. He reminisced to a much younger shopper on the importance of how giving a gift of love outweighed any store-bought merchandise. The young man put back the 22 different items he initially thought would please his girlfriend to really think about what would please her heart.

The young boy who wanted everything, and wanted it now, learned from a peer, whose only wish was to make his mother’s last Christmas special. Santa, touched by the pain of the young lad, ordered flowers for his mother. The boy’s arms were overflowing with fragrant love. The young boy who witnessed this scene ran to his mother’s arms crying for her forgiveness and stating his love for her after seeing his peer’s courageous story.

Then there’s the young lady with the long list of possibilities of making each family member happily fulfilled for the season, who had her list snatched by the mall assistant, David. He ushered her to the beauty of chorus anthems that sang with spirit-filled voices. Her stresses melted, and she experienced the joy of the season.

Continuing in the mood, the young lady purchased a hot chocolate with sprinkles, no less. While basking in the cocoa scent, she came upon a wheelchair holding a little girl fixated on the Nativity scene in the mall. In conversation, the young chair-bound prophet spoke out that Jesus’ love is like a hug on the inside. That was her message, for she was destined to be with Her Father soon. She knew that Jesus is the perfect gift.

The room darkened except for the spotlight on the Holy family. One by one, the characters walked to the slow beat of the The Little Drummer Boy, to the manger scene and knelt before the Lord. Also, many hearts in the room knelt.

When the applause ended, the one who asked me to leave in the beginning now came to me with a colored bag. With tars in her eyes, she pulled out a beautiful quilt that was crafted with vibrant colors. Each tiny piece of the quilt came from pieces of the costumes and sewn with tiny stitches of love that would hold that quilt together for a lifetime. On the reverse side, the cast wrote words of encouragement, thanks, and lots of love.

When I am wrapped in that quilt, I feel wrapped up in love. The pieces of that quilt remind me of the pieces of the drama pulled together, sewn tight with God’s powerful love, to wrap around a frazzled world with a message of the perfect gift that He gave of His Son, a gift that would last for eternity.

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Allison Egley 03/03/07
This was good. Remember to spell out all number under 100. The fourth paragraph seemed a bit awkward to me. Good job overall. Keep writing.
Julie Arduini03/04/07
I loved the mystery here about the secret meeting. What a great idea for a quilt. This was nice!
Jacquelyn Horne03/05/07
Nothing pleases as much as a gift of love. Thanks for sharing.