Strength in Numbers

On Thursday, my Bass Lake quilting friends (all but Ruth who is in San Diego), brought breakfast over. A nice bon voyage breakfast. I was encouraged to open a large gift bag and pulled out a beautiful blue and white quilt! 21 of my friends had been working on this quilt over the summer. I did hear whispering of “sewing kits” going around but had no idea it was about a beautiful quilt for me! It will look beautiful on my bed at UCSF. As Dotty said, “the love of God and my friends will wrap me in warmth like a quilt.”

Friday, the postman brought a box to my door. It had my cousin’s, (minister Bruce) address on the return. Inside was a lovely hand knit shawl. The shawl was dedicated during the worship service at the Lakeville (Mass) United Church of Christ. The hang tag read, “may it enfold you in our love and prayers.” I can imagine times when sitting up in bed that I will want something across my shoulders. I will think of the kind people in Massachusetts who prayed over the shawl continue to pray for me.

Another group project that has been very encouraging is my Aunt Betty’s church, Rockland Community Church, in Golden, Colorado. Every week I receive a couple of cards from their card sending ministry. I love getting kind words through the mail. This group’s dedication is impressive. I’m glad to know they’re praying for me.

Thank you to everyone who thinks of me. I am amazed when I run into people who say they have been praying for me every day. I have never before experienced this kind of attention. I know that God has lessons about prayer and dedication here for me.