Summary: Funeral of a lady with a large family based on Proverbs 31
Lillian Made Quilts
Lillian made quilts. I recall the very first time that I met her. Laid out on her kitchen table were squares of material. She was busily laid out the squares in a decorative pattern that suited her fancy. Every time I went to “Lilly’s Pad” she was busily sewing stitching, or laying out patterns for quilts, comforters or baby blankets Lillian made a lot of quilts. She probably made them for her 13 children. She, she probably made them for her 48 grandchildren, she made them for her great grandchildren, and probably her great-great grandchildren. She made quilts for friends, she donated quilts to Lake Union so that they could be auctioned off to send kids to camp.
Lillian also loved the Lord. She was involved here at Lake Union until her health prevented her from physically attending. Yet she did not sit idly by . She quilts. She never sat around with idle hands or feet for that matter. She couldn’t afford to! She had thirteen children to raise, and cloth and feed.
Lillian was Proverbs 31 woman. What do I mean by that? Hear the word of the Lord from Proverbs 31:10-31.
I. She was diligent in her work.
I cannot remember a time that I went to visit Lillian that she was not either, working on a quilt, or planning to work on a quilt.
Quilts are beautiful aren’t they? The remind me of a tapestry. I am sure most of you have seen a tapestry hanging on a wall. What we see is the finished product.
If we turn a tapestry over we see all the knots that were tied and strings hanging loose. Sometimes life gets a little stringy and knotty, just like the back of a tapestry, or for that matter the back of her quilts. Yet Lillian new how to make the best of it. She just gave her concerns over to the Lord.
Doesn’t the psalmist description sound just like her? Listen again
1. She brings good not harm
2. She selects wool and flax and works with eager hands
3,. She gets up while it is still dark; In doing so she modeled her Lord Jesus Christ. Jesus rose up early in the morning to pray. And I know from my conversations with her that she was a praying woman, especially praying for her children; she provides food for her family
4. She considers a field and buys it, she plants a garden
5. She sets about her work diligently; her arms are strong for the tasks
6. When it snows she has no fear for her household. For all of then were clothed- what a chore that must have been to cloth 13 children!
7. She makes coverings for her bed. There is that quilt thing again
8. she watches over the affairs of her household
9. She does not eat the bread of idleness
II. She was lady of dignity
From my perspective Lillian led a quiet simple life. She was a lady of dignity and wisdom. Imagine how much she has seen in her lifetime. Imagine the joy she experienced and the grief she bore in 93 years of life. She fully understood what it Jesus meant when He says in John 16:33 “ In this world you will have trouble. but take heart, I have overcome the world.” Just like Jesus, Lillian has now over come the world.