Thursday, September 23, 2010

Remindering

You may recall this piece with the dancing ladies; you may remember the frame and the shelf.  In case you don't, when I was in seminary and taking a class on liturgy and time, my project was to design and make a series of wall hangings that reflect the liturgical season.  This one is my favorite, the Easter one, not the one that is hanging now (although I like that one quite a bit, too).  Joe built the frame and shelf out of wood that his father had given him.  It has been up in the entryway of our home for several years, the hanging changing with each liturgical season change.  Sometimes there are things on the shelf; right now there is a seashell and a small pottery bird.

Yesterday's mail brought a lovely thank-you note from friends of our family.  I had made a quilt for them when they learned that the baby they were expecting was a little girl. Their daughter was born pretty close to her anticipated date, but experienced serious complications during the birth process.  A fractured skull caused bleeding into her brain, and she spent the first week or so of her life in the ICU Nursery.  She is at home now, doing well, and only time will reveal any consequences of this early trauma.  A photograph of their sweet daughter was enclosed with the note.

We had the thought last evening that we'd begin to use the liturgical center in a new way.  As a place to keep reminders of those people and things we hold in prayer.  That picture is there now, and tonight I will add a small piece of batik fabric, a bit left from a recent quilt for a friend undergoing a complicated medical treatment.

I always say yes when someone asks me to pray for her.  But sometimes I forget.  This frame is in a high-traffic area of our home.  Now I will have frequent reminders.


8 comments:

Lori said...

That is a fantastic idea, nancy!!

Pat said...

You are a gift to all who know you, m'dear.

LizA. said...

I love the dancing ladies - I hope you will continue to show us the rest of the wall hangings. What a perfect place for those little reminders....love it.

altar ego said...

I really like the idea of pictures (or some talisman) of those for whom we pray. Need to mention that to my hubby. And then find an area in our home where such an altar of prayer can be dedicated.

I love your liturgical ladies. They make me smile.

Micki said...

Your dancing ladies are amazing. I can't wait to see the whole wallhanging finished.
Micki

Gari said...

Great idea for remembering prayers that need to be said. I will be looking for something like that for here. Thanks

Mrs. Goodneedle said...

That is a wonderful idea; visual reminders are effective triggers, I can't trust my own memory without them. I love that wallhanging.

Pray on.

Tanya said...

Another excellent idea. I too sometimes say I will pray and forget (which is why I sometimes do it right then and there... on the street, whatever) but this is such a wonderful way to be reminded. I think I could figure out to make my own prayer corner.