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The Tapestry
(The is a real beauty)

As I faced my Maker at the last judgment, I knelt before the Lord along with
all the
other souls. Before each of us laid our lives like the squares of a quilt in
many piles.
An Angel sat before each of us sewing our quilt squares together into a
tapestry that
is our life.

But as my angel took each piece of cloth off the pile, I noticed how ragged
and empty
each of my squares was. They were filled with giant holes. Each square was
with a part of my life that had been difficult, the challenges and
temptations I was
faced with in everyday life. I saw hardships that I endured, which were the
holes of all.
I glanced around me. Nobody else had such squares. Other than a tiny hole
and there, the other tapestries were filled with rich colour and the bright
hues of
worldly fortune.

I gazed upon my own life and was disheartened. My angel was sewing the
pieces of cloth together, threadbare and empty, like binding air.
Finally the time came when each life was to be displayed, held up to the
light, the
scrutiny of truth. The others rose, each in turn, holding up their
tapestries. So filled
their lives had been!

My angel looked upon me, and nodded for me to rise. My gaze dropped to the
ground in shame. I hadn't had all the earthly fortunes. I had love in my
life, and
laughter. But there had also been trials of illness, and death, and false
that took from me my world as I knew it. I had to start over many times. I
struggled with the temptation to quit, only to somehow muster the strength
to pick up
and begin again. I spent many nights on my knees in prayer, asking for help
guidance in my life. I had often been held up to ridicule, which I endured
each time offering it up to the Father in hopes that I would not melt within
my skin
beneath the judgmental gaze of those who unfairly judged me. And now, I had
face the truth.

My life was what it was, and I had to accept it for what it was. I rose and
slowly lifted
the combined squares of my life to the light. An awe-filled gasp filled the
air. I gazed
around at the others who stared at me with wide eyes. Then, I looked upon
tapestry before me. Light flooded the many holes, creating an image, the
face of
Christ. Then our Lord stood before me, with warmth and love in His eyes. He
"Every time you gave over your life to Me, it became My life, My hardships,
and My
struggles. Each point of light in your life is when you stepped aside and
let Me shine
through, until there was more of Me than there was of you."

May all our quilts be threadbare and worn, allowing Christ to shine through.

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