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Something Beautiful




About a month ago, I gathered with a fantastic group of women for several days of fellowship, learning and quilting. Prior to our gathering, I sent out a plea for something beautiful – something that could brighten the lives of those who were brought low by hurricane Sandy.

I wasn’t disappointed by the generosity of these wonderful women, I was overwhelmed! Something beautiful, indeed! Quilts of all sizes and styles, colors and yes, even shapes, were brought to the retreat, in order that they would be sent on to those who needed them more. Even after the retreat was over, quilts kept coming, ready to be delivered into the waiting arms of those who need something beautiful right about now.

 It’s been a month and a half since this storm of devastating proportions hit the east coast. The rest of the country has moved on to the next big news story. There’s nowhere for these folks to move on to. Many are living in the midst of their devastated homes – homes without necessities let alone niceties. So something beautiful in the shape of these quilts is about to be delivered.

 Advent is a season of waiting for something beautiful 

 O come, O come, Emmanuel,

And ransom captive Israel,

That mourns in lonely exile here

Until the Son of God appear.

Rejoice! Rejoice!

Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel.

In the midst of a world lacking hope, what could be more beautiful than the coming of the long awaited Savior? In the midst of devastation and destruction, what is more beautiful than bringing the Light of Christ in even the smallest of ways? 

As we light Advent wreaths during this season of watching and waiting, may the light we shine be that of Christ. In a world so in need of darkness to be obliterated, bear the Advent hope that something beautiful is about to happen – that Messiah is coming. 

O come, O come, Emmanuel!


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