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I have entered a quilt into the Weekly Themed Quilt Contest over at the Quilting Gallery. The theme this week is 'Faith and Gratitude'. I feel as if every one of the 570 quilts that MHC has given out over the past 3 years could be entered into this contest because it is our faith in Jesus Christ and the HOPE we have in him that makes this ministry possible- but since I am only allowed one entry there is one quilt that we have given that is the most appropriate for this theme.
This is the very first quilt that MHC gave away---back in August of 2007. I named it 'Renita's Hope'. I pieced it and a friend of Margaret's Hope Chest-Phyllis Meyers quilted on her longarm machine.
We gave this quilt to Renita. Renita's daughter Ebony was one of the girl's convicted of my grandmother's murder. Renita's son was also in prison for murdering his girlfriend. Renita was in deep pain and grief. She needed HOPE and forgiveness and grace. We prepared this quilt especially for her. She agreed to meet with me and my mom and my mom's cousin so we could give her the quilt. That meeting was one of the best experiences of my life. We forgave one another, we understood one another, we grieved with one another, we cried, we hugged, we were silenced by the awe of the moment. The time with Renita deepened and matured my faith. What a gift.