As I faced my maker at the last judgement, I knelt before the Lord along with all the other souls. Before each of us laid our lives like the squares of a quilt in many piles.
An angel sat before each of us sewing our quilt squares together into a tapestry that is our life. But as my angel took each piece of cloth off the pile, I noticed how ragged and empty each of my squares were.
They were filled with giant holes.
Each square was labelled with a part of my life that had been difficult, the challenges and temptations I was faced with in everyday life.
I saw hardships that I endured, which were the largest holes of all.
I glanced around me. Nobody else had such squares. Other than a tiny hole here and there, the other tapestries were filled with rich colour and bright hues of worldly fortune.
I gazed upon my own life and was disheartened. My angel was sewing the ragged pieces of cloth together, threadbare and empty, like binding air.
Finally, the time came when each life was to be displayed, help up to the light, the scrutiny of truth. The others rose, each in turn, holding up their tapestries. So filled their lives had been.
My angel looked upon me, and nodded for me to rise. My gaze dropped to the ground in shame.
I hadn’t had all the earthly fortunes. I had love in my life and laughter. But there had also been trials of illness, and death, and false accusations that took from me my world as I knew it. I had to start over many times.
I often struggled with the temptation to quit, only to somehow muster the strength to pick up and begin again. I spent many nights on my knees in prayer, asking for help and guidance in my life. I had often been held up to ridicule, which I endured painfully each time offering it up judgemental gaze of those who unfairly judged me.
And now, I had to face the truth. My life was what it was, and I had to accept it for what it was. I rose and slowly lifted the combined squares of my life to the light. An awe-filled gasp filled the air. I gazed around at the others who stared at me with wide eyes.
Then I looked upon thee tapestry before me. The light flooded the many holes, creating an image, the face of Christ. Then our Lord stood before me, with warmth and love in his eyes.
He said, every time you gave over your life to me, it became My Life, My Hardships, and My struggles.
Each point of light in your life is when you stepped aside and let Me shine through, until there was more of Me than there was of you.
May all our quilts be threadbare and worn, allowing Christ to shine through.
May God Bless You This Day.
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Ying and I have recently returned from a holiday in New York State. While there we decided to visit the Hydesville memorial Park in New York State.
This is where the three Fox sisters: Kate, Margaretta and Leah Fox lived. They themselves are controversial figures and you will find plenty on the internet about them. However their home in 1848 is generally considered the starting point for our movement and religion of Spiritualism.
There is very little left of their original home except the foundations. Around this building has been placed a covering to preserve them. Surrounding this building is a very meditative park where Ying was able to do some deep meditation while I offered my more practical skills and made a home video.
The site is owned by the National Spiritualist Association of Churches, an American organisation of spiritualism.
The location was a two hour drive from Buffalo which is the second largest city in New York State or about an hour drive from Rochester a smaller city.
We thought that we had arranged to meet the curator who we have communicated with by email but there was a mix up and we did not get to meet her. Her position is I think voluntary and she was at work when we arrived but she did offer to meet with us again if we were in the area but as it was a four hour round trip for us we had to decline.
The location is very close to the origins for the Mormon Church and while there we did make enquiries if people know the location and significance. At the site there are a few homes and they were obviously aware. However at the nearest town they did not seem to know of the site.
The site itself as you can see from the video is very well kept and very beautiful. Unfortunately on two sides it is bordered by roads one of which by American standards is quit busy, but by UK standards very quiet! There is also a very busy rail track near by and this is where most of the background noise in the video comes from.
If you are in North New York State then this is definitely worth a visit. However I would not make the trip specifically to get there. On a personal basis I will probably return at some point as Ying and I have business in the city of Buffalo.
Voyage : SSN 483 21 May – 27 May
This is a bit difficult as I don’t know where to start, as so much happened in the course of a few days, but I will try to whittle it down as much as possible without missing the important points.
High Points :
Low points :
Missed the family.
Overall, the whole trip was an unforgettable experience. I’ve been pining to go on the tall ship adventure for a while now, because the timing has never been right work and domestic wise. I have to say that the voyage was an absolute blast. Even with all the weather problems we had to sail through, I would do the whole thing again. Many thanks to the Rank Foundation for making it Possible. I wasn’t on a buddying voyage, but felt I made a difference to some of the crew through interactions and conversation.
Hello I thought it is time that I should say a few words and introduce myself. As you were notified by email from the Membership Secretary Peter Fairbrother I have taken over the management of the Church Web Site from him, from the beginning of August.
I would like to thank Peter for the work that he completed on the site and he left an excellent foundation , both in content and design.
I hope you will have noticed a few changes in the site over the month of August. My wife and I were away for a holiday in the month of September and I wanted to get some of the planned changes done before I left.
The biggest change is the member’s only section. This is now going to become a member’s magazine with articles posted on a weekly basis. A number of people have promised articles on a range of subjects about Spiritualism and the Church itself. We will also be using video more often. If anyone has particular objections to appearing in the videos, please let me know so I can be aware when editing.
I look forward to hearing people’s views on the changes so far.