The other day a little brooch arrived in the post from Charlotte, who is currently studying in Charlotte, North Carolina. The little brooch gave me a jolt because about a month ago I found this lovely coaster in the opshop. (Did I mention that I quite like the primary colours at the moment? Did I? Because I do)
Well, I said ‘what I coinky-dink!’
But then later, Charlotte (who reads my blog and knows the ins and outs of the haunted button jar) wrote me this lovely email:
I really think the brooch and the coaster are not just a weird coincidence or even just ‘Jesus loves you’ (although that is very true), but I really think that is something specific from God – he tells you that he hears your heart, that he hears not just the prayers you pray or the words you speak or the thoughts you think, but that he hears the heart from where it comes, he hears your real voice and hears the real you and he knows the heart you have for your family and he wants to talk with you more and be part of your life. And he cares about the things you care about it. He cares about your child and your relationship with Louis and baking and all of your creativity and craftsmanship and skills and he wants to help you choose buttons and show you things he knows you’ll like, the way you want to show Rata things you know she’ll like. He wants to be your daddy and your helpful friend and your go-to guy.
Like a human trying to get the attention of a sea monkey… it’s sometimes hard for him to talk to us without breaking us, and that’s why he speaks so quietly, but he works with whatever part of your life you let him into. Even if it’s only the craft room or the laundry!
The coaster came in its original packaging with a little typed note about the pattern:
“The rosette is a copy of the ancient messianic rose of Bible days. it has a long history and proves the strong relationship between religion and superstition. found on many hex signs, the rose has power over evil and strong Christian symbolism. The hearts differently coloured express love for all and kindness and gentility towards ones beloved.”
Now, my spiritual beliefs are on their lunch break at the best of times, but I do think that what Charlotte wrote is insanely beautiful and comforting and just, well, lovely. God is in my washing basket. Does he like folding?