Dear Shawl Family,
'You have to look with a different set of eyes if you want to see beyond the ordinary.' --Paula D'Arcy
A FEW RANDOM STRANDS...
It's MARCH! This month is dedicated to St. Joseph, in addition, we celebrate St. Patrick's Day and Easter! In the Allen family, this month is known as March Madness in terms of college basketball...we'll be swept away into tournament play...game after game for the next few weeks, ending with the Final Four in April. This year the 'madness' could apply to the crazy weather... multiple seasons... all in a 24 hour period of time! Last week's 'arctic blasts' brought forth the most beautiful snow flakes I think I've seen since I left Kansas twelve years ago! How lovely it was to "be still" and watch the huge flakes fall. It was a hoot watching the neighborhood kids hurrying home from school to make the long sought after "Texas snowman"!!! I wish I'd taken my camera out and strolled the streets to document some of these creative designs.
Someone suggested recently on a knitting blog that, 'Lamb is the usual thought for the Month of March, but in these times of global weather confusion, who is to say??? Could be 'In like a lion, out like a Cashmere Goat'. Any way you say it, I believe it's all about looking with 'new eyes' to see the beauty of God's handiwork in the ordinary. Besides the beautiful snowfall...I'm seeing such things through a few recent shawl stories...one very near and dear to my heart which I hope to share with you in the near future as the Spirit leads. I've also discovered this past weekend that after my youngest daughter flew in for the weekend, I'm beginning look at the 'empty nest' with a 'fresh new set of eyes', as well. I'm seeing my daughters both mature....I'm delighting in the special time I get to share with them...it's not on a daily basis any longer but when the visits come... I'm learning to sit back, be still in the moment and enjoy it all from a fresh new prospective.
'...I saw that these new eyes are not merely informed by wider vision and understanding. These new eyes are [a deeper] love.' Paula D'Archy
I mentioned earlier that the month of March is dedicated to St. Joseph...Teresa Tomeo, writes in her monthly online column with Catholic Exchange that she wonders... 'how the poor guy dealt with having a divine son, a very holy wife who was born without sin, and then...him...a normal 'JOE' like the rest of us'. She goes on to say...
'I can only wonder at his humility, love, and obedience to God. I think about this because I often feel a bit like him. I'm just not as good as them (Jesus, Mary, and all those saints), so where do I fit in this group? What was God thinking? But, then again, Joseph gives me great hope. Ultimately, God chose a regular guy to be leader and protector of Jesus and Mary to show us that He loves and trusts us (humanity) to do great things for God too. We all have our imperfections, bad habits, faithless ways, etc. Yet, He gave us Jesus to show us the way to Him, as I'm sure Joseph realized before anyone else. It's okay that we're not perfect, because we have a perfect God who loves us anyways. And it's not about being deserving, because if it was about that, we'd probably be gone from this earth already! No, it's about love, and Jesus, and forgiveness...and that old wooden cross. So, during this remaining time of Lent, remember Joseph, because you too can become something great for God, by just being obedient, humble, and loving, as any regular 'Joe' can be. And when Easter arrives, celebrate heartily that you too have a fresh new start on the path to greatness.'
I love and appreciate Teresa's prospective and hope you did too! You can listen to her host a radio news program, Catholic Connection, each morning on 910 AM.
MARCH MEETING REMINDER...
We'd like to remind you that our next meeting is, TUESDAY, MARCH 11 at 7 p.m. in the Seton Faith Formation Center, room 108. Come out and join in the wonderful fellowship and gather a few 'purls of wisdom'. We have inspiring shawl stories to share and much to be thankful for as we've received various donations this past month totaling, $455, to help us continue this heartfelt ministry. The Lord continues guide and open new doors of opportunity for our shawls. We'll have more to share about our new joint-ventures with the NICU at Southwestern Medical Center, Rachael's Vineyard and Samaritan Care Hospice. These are exciting times and the Lord is working it all through in ways unimaginable. This past month we were also invited to set up an informational booth at the Knights of Columbus Pancake Breakfast. It was a delightful experience as we enjoyed chatting up the shawl ministry. Amazingly we received a few donations, distributed a few shawls from our display and found ourselves signing up some new members. The Knights are hoping to continue with this addition of a ministry fair to their pancake breakfast held the third Sunday of each month...though they will skip the month of March.
Please pray for Anna Klimek (one of our lovely shawl makers), mother of Wanda Klimek (another lovely shawl maker). She has an aggressive form of lymphoma and has begun chemo. May our Lord bring His healing touch to Anna.
AT KNITS END...
Could it be said that we are God's little 'Sowing [sewing] Circle' as He supplies and helps to scatter the shawls abroad...we frequently see the shawls working as little 'seeds of faith', as we hear the various shawl stories unfold...consider this when you read the following verses from 2 Cor. 9:8-15...
'And God is able to provide you with every blessing in abundance, so that by always having enough in every good work. As it is written, 'He scatters abroad, he gives to the poor: his righteousness endures forever. He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed for sowing and increase the harvest of your righteousness. You will be enriched in every way for your great generosity, which will produce thanksgiving to God through us; for the rendering of this ministry not only supplies the need of the saints but also overflows with many thanksgivings to God. Through the testing of this ministry you glorify God by your obedience to the confession of the gospel of Christ and by the generosity of your sharing with them and with all others. While they long for you and pray for you because of the surpassing grace of God that He has given you. Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!'
Once again, we'd like to encourage you to look with a fresh "new set of eyes" as we continue on our journey through Lent and the Easter season. Kathy and I wish you all a lovely March and a blessed Easter season. Seek God in the Ordinary!
God's Grace be upon you!
tish and kathy
"...for the Lord does not see as mortal see; they look on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart. --1 Samuel 16:7
(Quotes from "A New Set of Eyes", by Paula D'Archy, [ ]'s added)