Sunday, July 10, 2011

Amish Circle Quilt Project - "Barn Raising"

Block #8 - "Barn Raising"

Started on 6/24/11
Completed on 6/24/11
Technique: Applique'

I guess when it comes to the Amish community, barn raisings are something that intrigue us Englischers a great deal. It baffles me, truly, as to why a whole church community anywhere can't come together and make that same kind of thing happen for their own members. I guess Habitat for Humanity is a version of this but it isn't near the same as what the Amish accomplish for each other.

How much closer would we be to our brothers and sisters in Christ if once a month or even once a year, the entire congregation got together with the men and boys building a barn or a room or a dawdi house (think mother-in-law suite) and the women serving up an army sized lunch for everyone? If that kind of love and commitment was shown to each other, could anything but growing closer in Christ commence?

Father, help us love each other and see the image of you in others. Help us give of ourselves and our hearts to those who need it. Help us receive the love of others as well.


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