“And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” (Colossians 3:17)
Rest Ministries has introduced me to some wonderful people. People who understand what it is to live with a chronic illness; people who know that life can be frustrating; people who are learning to live with a new kind of “normal” and people who know what it is to encourage and to need to feel encouragement from others. I have been blessed to share my journey with people like that.
Earlier this year, I decided I wanted to give one of those people a gift that recognised the value I feel in my friendship with her. While it wasn’t my work, it was something that I admired and valued, knowing the hours of work and love that had gone into each stitch. It was one of my Mother’s quilts – one of my favorites – and knowing who it was going to, I felt it would be appreciated.
When the gift arrived, I was so happy to know that she liked it and it was wonderful to know that it arrived at a time when she really needed a lift. I felt blessed to have been able to brighten her day. Overseas postage arrives at unknown times, so I believe God had a hand in that.
It hadn’t occurred to me when I chose the quilt that it was a heart quilt – but then my friend said, “I love that it has hearts on it – it makes me think of how much we care for each other, and also that we can so openly share our ‘hearts’, without feeling we are a burden.” I thought that was a wonderful picture of what our friendship has become and what a gift it is to me.
The Bible says that Christ said, it is more blessed to give than to receive. It’s nice to receive gifts, but I was reminded by this, what a pleasure it is to give to others. When I think of all that God has given to me, I realize how much I have to thank Him for and how often I don’t appreciate all that He gives.
About the Author:
Fiona Burrows lives in Melbourne, Australia. She is grateful for the blessing and encouragement she receives from those she has met through Rest Ministries – who make her journey with chronic back pain more bearable. She likes finding time for writing, reading, travel and photography.
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