When I first pulled the Christmas block out of the unfinished object pile and started working on it, I wasn't sure what I was really going to do with it. Then the thought occurred that it would make a great pincushion and how wonderful it would be to add an embroidered cardinal to it. Almost as soon as I started stitching on it, I knew that I wanted to send it to Laurie. She has been a follower on my blog, almost from the beginning, and leaves lovely comments on nearly every post. I'm horrible at replying to comments as many of you have probably noticed. I love the comments though and they mean so much to me, especially Laurie's comments which have brightened many difficult days.
Earlier this week, I emailed Laurie and asked for her address on pretense of wanting to send her a Christmas card. With address in hand, I wrapped up the pincushion and sent it off with a prayer that it would be a blessing to her.
I never expected the reply that I received this afternoon, which Laurie has kindly allowed me to share with all of you. I hope that it moves you as much as it does me.
I can't begin to tell you what a privilege it was to receive your beautiful pin cushion today. I'd like to share this with you. My mother passed away today, a sad time for me. When I opened your package, it was such a blessing. You see, cardinals are my mothers favorite bird. She loved watching them from her window at the feeders, and had a beautiful collection. So when I saw this, not only was a thrilled to receive your gorgeous handiwork, but it was like a gift spoken to you from the heart, by God himself.
I have a pin of hers that will sit on this cushion. This is the most precious gift I could have received today, a reminder that God works in mysterious ways through those that love him. You proved that to me today, and I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart.
God Bless You Lisa,
a true friend.
I know you will all join with me in offering our prayers and love to Laurie and her family during this difficult time.
It is amazing how God works: The still small voice that told me to make the pincushion for Laurie and pushed me to mail it off when I did; that Laurie received it on this day, the day it needed to arrive; that God had a bigger plan for the pincushion than what I had envisioned as simply a small thank you gift. Instead, it became a true miracle. What a truly great God we have.
The Lord bless you and keep you;
The Lord make his face to shine upon you,
and be gracious to you;
The Lord lift up his countenance upon you,
and give you peace.