On the Road to Pentecost — Day 31
“Now I plead with you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.”
1 Corinthians 1:10
“But Peter and the other apostles answered and said: “We ought to obey God rather than men.” Acts 5:29
My grandmother was able to “quilt.” It was a skill handed down from her mother and then her mother before her. In the midst of matching cloth and then sewing the pieces that came from many different places — articles of clothing, towels, remnants of used cloth kept in a drawer or trunk — were then brought together to create visually stunning designs and then if “batting” were not available, another older blanket was used as the substance beneath, as a foundation. It would be stretched out on a simple frame, that could be adjusted — and this would hang from a ceiling, for ease of working around the edges and getting at the hard to reach places. Each stitch was by hand, and the conversations had over this quilt in its creation, and prayers for who it was for — were amplified with each piece added.
This is like the Bride of Christ — so many different pieces, but with one purpose — to become one entity that would some day, cover and protect, keeping warm those that are cold and comfort for those in distress. And even after many years of use, the beauty sewn into each part can still be seen.
Many become heirlooms — that are handed down from one generation to the next, and they would all talk of the excellent skill that grandmother had, and how that skill is lost today — on a generation that desperately needs the skill of knowing how to unify different pieces, and create a beautiful “quilt.”
Beloved, we are a Mosaic — a beautiful Bride adorned with Christ’s Love. He uses us for the purpose of the Kingdom of God, and that His Father be glorified in each step that we take. Our Words carry the authority of Christ — and His Blood anointed our hands to heal, and cast out demons, and raise the dead to life.
Our purpose, to Praise God — to Worship God — to believe that He is God and that He sent His Son Jesus to die for our sin — and that He ascended into Heaven and stands at the Right Hand of the Father — sending His Holy Spirit into our midst to be deposited within us, to grow us, to sew us together into a beautiful Bride.
The church is struggling to find her identity — and we ask today Father, that you would send the grandmothers into our midst, that would know each stitch needed and pray over each one. That the end is in sight, and the Lord would breathe upon His Bride.
Each stitch has a name and they are . . . . love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.
Each one, sewn into this Mosaic Quilt that is the Bride of Christ, His Church.
The Beautiful Bride — Unified.