83. Good News

The Bible Sampler quilt is coming right along. My pile of Civil War reproduction fabric scraps is slowly shrinking. I wondered how I was going to use these particular scraps. I think this block gave me the best opportunity. And these scraps are gone, gone, gone, which is half the point of the project.

I was taught that the definition of the word “Gospel” was “Good News”. Couldn’t we all use some good news these days? It’s July already which puts us halfway through the year 2021. My state FINALLY lifted the COVID restrictions on June 15th, which is very good news. But this date on the calendar didn’t magically turn off the fear factor of these last two years. We’re experiencing this weird time of adjustment. Businesses still require us to wear masks if not vaccinated. The “new normal” doesn’t feel at all normal just yet. Restaurants still have abbreviated hours, and goods and services are still not what they used to be because of “supply chain issues” or whatever. I naively thought we would get that freedom feeling back on June 15th. But life still feels weird instead.

Love Knot quilt block

Paul discusses freedom quite a bit in the book of Romans. This passage says “Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? . . . But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

That is really good news. And my favorite is in the book of John, “So if the Son sets you free; you will be free indeed”.

The only way to be truly free, especially from fear is through “The Way”, Jesus Christ. This is very good news as we celebrate our freedoms this weekend. Happy Independence Day!

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