A New Year

A New Year

We headed out this morning to visit my sister. We are on a special project. She had finished one of the sets of quilt blocks we found at the farm. It was ready to be hand quilted. We searched the blocks recognizing pieces of mother’s dresses, our dresses and our grandmother’s dresses. After much deliberation we concluded the blocks were made by our grandmother. She did not use a sewing machine and the blocks were hand pieced. Some pieces may have been flour sack fabric. We chatted and stitched all morning. The light streaming in the room through the windows, winter birds feeding at the feeders and the beautiful sound of hymns were the backdrop for our project. I loved the new sign hanging on her wall. It inspired conversations about childhood stories.

We only paused a bit to share lunch with our hubbies and then back to stitching. It was a glorious day. The troubles on the world stage seemed worlds away.

After lunch we were back to our stitching. Our conversation led us to our families and a commitment to pray daily for them. My sister shared a scripture with me that is so perfect for life today.

“Don’t let anyone capture you with empty philosophies and high sounding nonsense that comes from human thinking and from “spiritual powers” of this world rather than from Christ. For in Christ lives all the fullness of God in a human body. So you also are complete through your union with Christ who is the head over every ruler and authority. Colossians 2:8-9. NLT

An overload of streaming news sometimes keeps our thoughts concerned and distracted. But more and more I realize that God is working in the lives of people and leaders all over the world, fulfilling His prophecies every day. And we are oblivious to it drawing our own opinions, criticisms, or approval.

(A picture of the beautiful sunrise from my living room window.)

This scripture will be my prayer every morning of this new year.