PROSSER - Gail Greco is an art teacher who lives in Cascade, Idaho. She is also an avid quilter and yesterday, Tuesday, described how quilts can be like life.
Greco spoke to the Lower Valley Christian Women's Connection in Prosser yesterday. She shared how the Amish purposely make a mistake in their quilts to remind them that no one but God is perfect.
"As hard as we try, there are still little flaws in our life," she said. "God sees them and chooses to love us anyway."
Greco talked about heirloom quilts, made by hand and handed down from generation to generation.
"These are precious, valuable," she said.
Likewise, Greco continued, "God sees you as a quilt. You are his precious possession, an incredible work of art."
She said heirloom quilts often have fabrics that were not of the quilter's choosing.
"You are unique and wonderfully made," she said. "A lot of the fabric in our lives is chosen for us and God arranges them just the way they're supposed to be."
Greco also described how quilts made in the mid-19th century often had clues to help slaves in finding their way north to freedom. She said quilt patterns offered visual, but subtle, clues such as using a zig-zag trail when escaping or to travel in a northwesterly direction.
"Just as those quilts led slaves to freedom, so too did God leave us a pattern, the Bible," she said. "The more time we spend in His word the more direction we'll have for our lives," she said.
The Bible, Greco says, points us to God.
"Finding God is not about religion, but a loving relationship between you and Jesus Christ," she said. "Jesus' gift of forgiveness is free. Ask Him to be your guide."