Photograph of briar stitching on a crazy quilt made by Mary Clyde Terrell, 1887 – 1977.
This week our sons, one of our granddaughters, and my husband traveled to North Texas for the burial of Joe’s brother, Pasco Parker. My stage of recovery from a spinal injury did not allow me to travel that distance. In the days they were gone, naturally a flood of family memories and reflections surfaced as I pictured the gathering that was taking place.
There were 5 brothers in Joe’s family of origin. Now he, the youngest, remains, along with his oldest sibling, a sister. As those siblings decrease in number, the increase in numbers of their descendants is great. Family. Stitched together by blood and bone.
Over 42 years ago I lost the grandmother whose gnarled hands lovingly created the art of stitches pictured above. But there remained so much more than I could have then imagined. When she passed into eternal life, her family and legacy of faith grew and continued. As our family leans into the days and years ahead, there is certainty along with uncertainty. There has been and will be loss. But there is also continuing connection, something we cannot lose. Those who have gone before and those who are to come are stitched together.