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Topic: Memory (07/10/08)
TITLE: Inner Weavings
By Kathy Bruins
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Thinking back over her life brought a roller coaster of emotions. Being a young child of six or seven with no real responsibilities, but yet feeling worried about many things, Sue grasped for some control in a life that felt anything but in control. The life of a child at this age where the environment was dysfunctional built deep scars in her young heart. Although these scars were not in God’s plan for her, He used them to make her what she is today. God took the ashes of her heartbreak and made them into beautiful weavings of her life that has blessed so many others.
Sue recalled her earliest days playing out in the sun with her friends. They were always looking for a new adventure. Games were played in which competition, albeit fun competition, helped encourage Sue to try her hardest at all things…even if they were new and unknown. Sue always tried her hardest. The desire for normalcy and acceptance started at this young tender age. Having no father in the home gave a sense of being abnormal in the 60’s. Sue felt shame for who she was then. This shame was learned from a mother who lived feeling shame at being divorced. Rejection from family members, and now a husband, treaded deeply into her mother’s heart. The rejection cycle continued through Sue’s generation.
Getting closer to the podium, Sue felt a hand grasp hers. She turned and saw dear Mrs. Green. How lovely it was for her to be there at this moment. Mrs. Green was at one time suicidal, for she felt so unloved by family and friends. She felt rejected. Sue knew that pain well, and was able to minister to Mrs. Green, where God was also weaving a beautiful tapestry in her. Sue hugged this little woman with a warm embrace that added to her continual message to her that she is loved and welcome.
Mrs. Green’s heart was healed in a similar way of Sue’s heart being healed. The realization of who God is and who she is to God makes all the difference in the world. When Sue came to a point of believing the truth of God’s love for her, that God would never reject her, and that God had a perfect plan for His daughter, Sue was able to forgive others for the hurts cast on her, and forgive herself for the false beliefs she held about herself and others, and was able to allow God to work through her with His plan. Mrs. Green gleaned that from Sue. Sue was blessed to be a blessing. God’s compassion on Sue taught Sue compassion for others like Mrs. Green. The loom continued to weave.
In reaching the podium, she received the figure of open hands from the presenter. Staring out at the many faces that have touched her life in some way, she felt such love for them, for she had learned from God that she is worthy to be loved. Jesus died for her, because of His great love for her. She is His forever.
As she recalls the blessings of her life, Sue sees the handiwork of God. She remembers that this beautiful tapestry was made by the Great Weaver…and He is still at the loom.
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