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Quilts for Jesus

February 13, 2013
By Pastor Roger Lemke (Special to The Eagle) , Pine Island Eagle

Lutheran World Relief challenged Lutherans across the U.S. to donate 500,000 quilts on February 4, 2013 to send to the needy around the world. Since February of 2012, ten ladies from Fishers of Men Lutheran Church have been sewing quilts to help LWR reach its goal.

By making and sending a quilt these ladies are not only comforting someone they have never met, but they are providing an object that is useful in many unimaginable ways. In addition to being a cozy, clean new bed cover, the quilt could be: a baby carrier, tied around a mother's back; a market display, spread on the ground and piled with vegetables; a sack for transporting those goods to market; a sunshade or a shawl.

In a way, making these quilts is a lot like making a quilt for Baby Jesus. Basically Jesus was just like the people who will be receiving these quilts. He was poor and homeless born in a cold stable and wrapped in pieces of cloth known as swaddling cloth. It would have been wonderful if someone had given Him a quilt. The gift of warmth is all that mattered to help Him sleep in His manger bed. In a way, these quilts really are for Jesus, because Jesus said: "Whenever you do it for the least of these you do it unto me" (Matt. 25:40). Therefore, perhaps the most important usage of these quilts is the constant reminder that someone far away cares a lot. And that is why the Lutheran World Relief's quilting motto is: "Tied in faith! Sent in hope! Wrapped in love!"

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Quilts donated to the needy around the world.



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