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Topic: Sewing (02/22/07)
TITLE: The Seam Ripper
By Beth LaBuff
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Six-year-old Hannah and her five-year-old brother Samuel were visiting Grandma for the afternoon. An energetic tussle over a toy resulted in Hannah and Samuel in separate corners of the room, each pondering their unwillingness to share.
“Hannah, Samuel, come here.” Grandma‘s voice reflected no anger. She sat in her favorite chair, a wooden rocker. The hardness of the wood was softened by a cushion made by the chair’s occupant. It was in this chair that grandma fashioned quilts and made stuffed animals for missionary boxes. When her husband passed away, Grandma, unable to drive, filled her days and evenings with a needle in her hand and a thimble on her finger.
Each child came, stood before Grandma and said their, “I’m sorry”. Samuel returned to the offending toy, but Hannah remained at Grandma’s side.
“Grandma, why is that box always by your chair?” with curious eyes, Hannah stared at Grandma‘s sewing box.
As Grandma’s arthritic hand caressed the cover of the sewing box, her eyes were drawn to her granddaughter’s cherubic face, “This box holds all the things I need when I sew.”
Hannah’s eyes scanned the box’s contents, passing over a rainbow of threads, an Army and Navy needle book, a misshapen pin cushion, and thimbles. “What is that funny thing, Grandma?” Hannah’s fascination with an object in the sewing box prompted her question.
“That is a seam ripper,” explained Grandma. “See, this edge is sharp for cutting threads. Sometimes when I sew, I make a mistake, so I have to cut the thread with this seam ripper and take the stitches out. Then I have to sew it again, the right way.”
Hannah considered this new information, “Grandma, you do something wrong, then you have to go back and fix it?”
“Yes, even a Grandma can make a mistake. The seam ripper helps me fix my mistakes, so what I am sewing can be made right.” Grandma showed Hannah how a seam ripper could cut a thread. “When you and Samuel were fighting over the same toy, you were doing something wrong. I had to separate you, like this seam ripper cuts the threads and separates the material. You each had to sit in a corner, then you both had to make it right by saying, ‘I’m sorry‘.”
‘Hannah, did you know God’s Word is sharp? It is ‘shaper than any two-edged sword’.* It shows us our mistakes, and then tells us the way to fix them. It also tells how Jesus came to earth and died so we could be made right with God.”
A light came on in Hannah‘s eyes, “Grandma, can you teach me to sew?”
*Hebrews 4:12 KJV
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