Thursday, August 13, 2009

What Do We Leave Behind?

Dave, a friend of my husband's and mine passed away last week. He was young--only 49--and died of viral encephalitis. We have known him for years, and one thing about him is that he was always willing to help a person out. He was great at working on computers and working on cars, and really helped us (who are somewhat challenged in these areas) numerous times. His willing heart and knowledgeable hands were such a blessing to us. These are such good, positive memories.

It got me thinking about Dorcas in the Bible. This lady had died (and was later raised from the dead by Peter through the power of Jesus Christ), and it says "...this woman was full of good works and almsdeeds which she did....and all the widows stood by him weeping, and shewing the coats and garments which Dorcas made, while she was with them."(Acts 9:36 and 39) What a legacy this lady had! I hope that I do enough good works (no, not to earn my way to heaven which is impossible by the way) but simply so that people remember those things when it is my time to pass on and be with the Lord. It is a reminder to me to not live for myself but for others--to always be willing to help others out. Just like we remember our friend, Dave, for these things.

Also, Dorcas's life is perhaps why I appreciate handmade things. Each thing that is handmade is a little legacy left behind by that person whether they are coats or quilts or brooches or bears. I hope people remember me also by the things I've made for them...and this encourages me to do my best job when I do create and be willing to give often.

4 comments:

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

And the Lord said "well done, thou good and faithful servant". It makes me sad when I find so many "handmade" things at thrift stores that have been tossed aside by those who do not appreciate the effort made by someone, somewhere :-(

Nancy said...

Thank you for your beautiful post. My mom passed away a few years ago and I have many items that she made that are such a treasure to me. My MIL was a wonderful quilter and made me a few, which I also treasure. I am always drawn to the handmade things, too.
~Nancy

Piney Rose said...

Beautiful post... I love making things and selling them, knowing that my creations are in different U.S. states and might be handed down.....

Laurie said...

I'm sorry to hear about your friend.