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Topic: Tie (02/28/13)
TITLE: Ties that Give Hope
By Victoria Catron
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The extent of the matter is that though I enjoy a well-written work of fiction it is the real experiences of those I love that are dearest to my heart. My grandma knows this about me and so has told me several stories of her childhood and her life after she married my papa. Psalm 78 (KJV) speaks of God's work throughout Israel's history, but I believe that verse four can be applied to all those who follow him. "We wil not hide them from their children, showing the generation to come the praises of the LORD, and his strength, and his wonderful works that he hath done." Psalm 89:1 (KJV) expounds it a little differently, "I will sing of the mercies of the LORD for ever; with my mouth will I make known they faithfulness to all generations."
Hopefully, you'll understand that it's not just the stitches and knots that hold the baby doll quilt together but the ties invested from one person towards another. Proverbs 31:28-31 makes it clear that a virtuous woman would receive praise from her children, husband, and others. I am a witness to the wonderful woman who made the quilt and the endearing woman who held onto to it in order to share it with others. If you've never been given such a gift and don't know its significance I hope that you will consider what kind of ties you were passed and what you can leave to those generations that follow you. I would like to leave you with the first two stanzas of an old hymn that wrap this concept together better than I could:
Blest be the tie that binds
Our hearts in Christian love:
The fellowship of kindred minds
Is like to that above.
Before our Father's throne
We pour our ardent prayers:
Our fears, our hopes, our aims are one
Our comforts and our cares.
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