The first purple quilt that I made was right after my mother died from pancreatic cancer. I was teaching a beginner’s class and decided to make all my sample blocks out of purple. I finished it up in time to display at a local store during November 2011 for pancreatic cancer awareness month.
I tried to come up with a name for the quilt and ended up just calling it The Purple, but the first name I thought of was:
I love the stories in the Bible of strong women, spiritually and emotionally. During a time when women had no voice or value, God brings them up and says, “I hear you and I value you.”
Acts 16 tells of the first missionary journeys of Paul and Silas (after Paul and Barnabas split up). They skip across countries, sail across oceans and land in a Roman colony. As was their custom, they probably went to the churches first and taught there. It says they were in the city many days, but on Sunday they went outside the gates of the city where they heard that a group of women met to pray by the river. Lydia was one of those women.
Lydia was a dealer of purple cloth. Purple cloth was worn only by the most important and wealthiest people. In fact, Lydia was probably wealthy. She was also a single women. She wasn’t working with her husband or her father, she was the merchant. She was a woman of importance.
Lydia was also seeking God, so when these teachers came and told her more about Jesus, she wanted to know everything. That day, by the river, she believed and was baptized. In fact all that lived in her home were baptized. We don’t know who lived with her, if she had children, but she probably had servants. Her faith led others to believe.
(pictures are from a recent river baptism at our church)
Lydia’s first response to having a new heart was to reach out and help others. She immediately asked Paul and Silas to come and stay at her house. The rest of chapter 16 tells about Paul and Silas being beaten, arrested, and thrown into a dungeon. After their miraculous release, they returned to Lydia’s house (vs. 40) where they met with other believers, encouraging them in their faith before they left the city.
As I was studying about Lydia, I realized that she embodied the changes in my life, and thus the changes in this blog.
When I started blogging many years ago, Holy Camp was my mantra. I was raising 2 children and wanted our home, our camp, to be holy, pleasing to God. I still do, but now God is leading me a different direction, since the kids are mostly grown now.
Like Lydia, I’m a dealer of cloth, sewing and quilting for my own enjoyment and for others. Like Lydia, I’m seeking God, learning more and more about Him everyday and sharing what I learn with those around me. Like Lydia, I’m reaching out to help others through my volunteer work with Pancreatic Cancer Action Network.
So my blog has become A Purple Cloth
Purple for pancreatic cancer awareness.
Purple because it’s just a beautiful color and I love to make purple quilts.
Purple because Jesus was wrapped in a purple robe after He was beaten for my sins. (John 19:1)
Follow me here as I write on these three areas of my journey – cancer awareness, inspiration from God, and creativity through quilting. Please leave comments and let’s encourage and uplift each other. Let’s make this a conversation. Please share my blog with your friends, anyone that might need encouragement and information.
Tell me, what journey are you on right now?