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A heartfelt reply from Linda:
"I just had to respond to Marian Kinkead's Tale of Woe from a recent newsletter (Feb. 12, 2010). I know this dejected feeling well. I loved the editor's response; it was excellent. I also learned something from the Bible that really helped me. The lesson in Matthew 25: 34-40 changed how I view my knitting gifts. I give it 'as unto the Lord.' That way, it's always accepted, appreciated and admired by the One who never fails us.
"So when people don't appreciate what I do, or they seem disappointed or even ashamed of what I poured my time, heart and money into for them, it's not so bad. I am able to look up and know that it was not for nothing. My son is a hospice chaplain and I knit my very best for his clients. The few who have voiced their appreciation don't get to enjoy their gift long, as they are dying. But I sew three tags into each shawl, afghan or lap blanket. One says, 'Handmade with Love'; one says, 'Jesus Never Fails'; and one says 'God Cares for You.' I give it as though I'm giving it to God. He loves and cares for them and I want them to know it. I was even able to smile when the elderly couple to whom I gave a beautiful afghan for Christmas told me their cats loved it. To pieces. It's OK. It made them feel loved, and God was pleased! Keep knitting for those you love; God sees you loving them and all are blessed!"
There is not another word to add, Linda. You said it beautifully! Thank you. -- Editor
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