Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.

Galatians 6:9

woman sewingThis verse and these pictures bring to mind a project Trinity Stitchers did at the onset of the pandemic last year. At the time as I was contemplating the new reality of life, our son Andy popped in to share a concern. While nonessential businesses were being shut down, the large business he manages was deemed essential and would remain open. He wanted to protect his workforce with facemasks but none were available for purchase. He wondered if I could help.

Immediately I thought of my Stitchers friends and began formulating a plan. Many women (and my husband Larry) sprang into action. The goal was to make 500 masks in two weeks. We proceeded with determination and perseverance. Initially, we used items we had on hand but quickly faced challenges: finding needed items that were in short supply, standing in long lines to purchase fabric, spending long hours sewing and cutting and assembling kits, and driving around town to deliver them and then to pick them up when finished. Miraculously, we reached our goal!

Often, I was reminded of the story of Jesus feeding thousands with a few loaves and fishes. With few resources initially, we were able to multiply our resources to complete the task. With much hard work and God’s help, we did it!

As we await the coming of Jesus this Advent season, let us be mindful of doing good knowing that we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.

Louise Girvin

cloth masks-homemade
nativity in white cardboard on blue background

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