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by Paul Lee
My mom loves to crochet. Ok, maybe, loves isnt a strong enough word. My childhood memories are filled with images of Mom with yarn and a hook. Were in the car on a vacation Mom is crocheting. Were talking with family Mom is asking what colors they like, thinking about their next afghan. Were cleaning the house the closet is overflowing with bundles of yarn.
At the time, the appeal escaped me. I often wondered why she spent so much time on it. Sure, it was nice to get one, but they were just blankets and potholders and scarves. Why work so hard?
Now, as a grown-up with three kids (soon to be four), I think I have a little better understanding. When I lay my son down on a blanket Mom made, when my oldest daughter pulls homemade cookies out of the oven with Moms potholders, when I bundle up with the best scarf money cant buy on those rare cold Texas days I know why she went to all that trouble. Not just to give us a little comfort, although all her gifts do that. Each gift gives us much more the thought of her, and her care, and her love.
Even before my kids were born, she was loving them (and crocheting special afghans for them). For nieces and nephews and cousins and aunts and uncles and grandkids, she put love in every knot. Friends and relatives around the country have their own Joyce Lee treasures, and if they are like me, they smile a little smile when they wrap up with one on a chilly night. And, someday, long after shes gone, and probably long after Im gone, too, I hope a Lee still gets their cookies out with one of her potholders.
She has crocheted a legacy in yarn and love.
Why do I work so hard on Heartlight? Im crocheting my legacy.
For over 6 years now Ive been working on Heartlight. Late hours, all-nighters, success and frustration Ive had them all. Gods grown the ministry in ways that astound me, and sometimes frighten me if I stop to think about them too much. But we press on, and I keep building humbled that God has chosen such an inadequate man for such a great task.
My kids probably dont understand much about my work yet. As far as they know, its just something that keeps dad busy for several hours a day. But someday I hope theyll see a legacy in pixels and pictures and pages that they can be proud of. Theyll see the work of someone who answered the call of God in his little way, and theyll see the love I tried to put into every line of code.
I guess I get it from my Mom...
Author: Paul Lee
Publication Date: August 21, 2002
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