I had the extreme good fortune of having an Escopliian parish in Australia who made a healing quilt for me. It is absolutely the most beautiful quilt. There are numerous knotted ties scattered across the quilt squares, composed of fine silk threads. As each knot was tied a prayer was offered in my name.
Just looking at this quilt now brings me to tears. I have loved this quilt since I first
opened the package from Australia. That a small collective of women would sit in a a church parish sewing circle 3-4 times a week for the sole purpose of creating prayer quilts for people, like me, who are unwell speaks of the true humanitarian gifts that people can create and share.
How did I get to receive this quilt? It was certainly a surprise to me. I am active on the United Ostomy Association ostomy support forum. It has an small international audience. An Australian member asked her church to dedicate a quilt to me based on my help to others. The prayer quilt and how it found it’s way to me shows the power of giving and receiving. In giving, we receive.
I wonder if you could dedicate some of your quilts as prayer quilts? I can say the prayer quilt has changed my life. I will cherish it forever.
I do consider myself more
openly spiritual and econemical than rigidly religious, although I was baptized as Episcopalian. I had a near-death experience when my intestine perforated 5 years ago. It was a life-altering experience that has profoundly affected how I look at the lens of life. I have no doubt that I was in the presence of God/Higher Power. The near-death experience is one reason why I do not fear death and dying. I have already been there, somewhere between Heaven and earth, and I honestly wanted to stay. It was immensely comforting. I had no pain, as I had no physical body. Enveloped by God/Higher Power. I was tired. So very tired. I simply wanted to stay. But God/Higher Power has other plans for me. So here I am. On earth. God/Higher Power gave me 3 directives in returning to earth. Not a day goes by but that I do not give thought to the directives and to live my life to their meaning. And if you are wondering if God/Higher Power talked to me I would say no. There were no spoken words as we know and speak words/language but rather an energy flow of communication.
All to say . . . It is good that you have your faith to comfort and guide you. We are all looking to make sense of our experience on earth and faith can be a powerful ally in one’s personal life and understanding.
These threads are an interesting peek into the actual people/individuals that we each are, outside of our commonality of pain that brings of here.
Pituitary failure, wide-spread endocrine dysfunction
Mixed connective tissue disorder
Extensive intestinal perforation with sepsis, permanent ileostomy
Avascular necrosis of both hips and jaw
Receiving Palliative Care (care and comfort)
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