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The Memory Quilt: A Christmas Story for Our Times
The Memory Quilt A Christmas Story for Our Times Author:T. D. Jakes A perfect Christmas for Lela Edwards this year would include the presence of her husband, her three daughters, and her favorite granddaughter, Darcie. They would each be happy, healthy, and properly married. But life doesn't always unfold in a perfect way, even for God-loving, churchgoing people like these. Lela's husband of fifty years,... more » Walter, has recently passed, and the daughters now live in towns and states far from the Chicago neighborhood where they were raised.
Darcie is traveling to Missouri City, Texas, to be with her mother, not to Chicago to be with her grandmother, whom she expects to come down hard on her for deciding to divorce her husband and the father of her unborn child. Lela is upset and annoyed with Darcie and herself for breaking her own time-honored tradition of making a quilt to celebrate each family wedding. The quilt is still in separate pieces, and apparently so is the marriage of Doug and Darcie.
The Christmas season is about celebrating the birth and meaning of Christ; about the hope and inspiration that the story we revisit each year offers. So, as the days of the season progress, Lela participates in a Bible study group that focuses on the Virgin Mary. This is the cold season in Chicago and rough weather, literally and figuratively, is ahead for Lela, her family, neighbors, and fellow church members, but in the Scriptures are messages and guidance. If they heed the lessons of the Virgin Mary, they will learn from their mistakes and misjudgments of each other and find favor with God.« less
A Chicago Grandmother expects Christmas to be as usual. But her husband and mother just died. Her three daughters and granddaughter can not come for Christmas. There are break-ins, robberies and shootings in her neighborhood. Her brother and kids try to get her to move closer to them. She deals with her trauma by making a memory quilt. She learns not to be so judgmental of her family and others. As she sews the quilt she thinks about her life and how judgmental she has been of other people. Sewing the quilt, studying about Mary the mother of Jesus in the scriptures and circumstances help this Grandma to love other more and think less about their external appearances. This is a very good book.