Come and Make it Well

In the summer of 2000 I sat down at the piano and penned a plea for God to “Come and Make it Well.” I had questioned my faith and was ashamed. As I wrote I was reminded of a famous hymn “It Is Well With My Soul”, and the writer’s faith amidst the horrific loss of his children. With my lyrical confession complete, my hands began to play the old hymn in response, then back to an ending of my own, where forgiveness embraces the faint of heart.

Make It Well With My Soul

Come O sting of shame for questioning my faith, the penitence has flown.

Tears of salt must pour on the valley floor, for repentance to swell in my soul.

To think you’d ever find me here, sinking in these wounds of fear,

but you know my frame – O God.

Somewhere near my heart, where you won the war a thousand years ago.

False accusers came and built the walls again, but as if you didn’t know,

Come and make it well with my soul.

Make it well with my soul, make it well with my soul.

Make it well, make it well with my soul.

*Insert verse one and chorus of “It Is Well With My Soul”.

Run forgiveness run, down the drawbridge comes,

for your Spirit to dwell in my soul. ©Cindy Palin/2000

You can read about Horatio Spafford’s story, lyricist of “It Is Well With My Soul”, at

www.sharefaith.com

 

 

 

The Point of Purging

The point of purging is to actually get rid of things.  Nike shoe box – next.

Inside……not shoes, but layers of upholstery swatches.  I went through them like a heart reminiscing her first love.  Textures through my fingers, colors for my soul.  Wait!  Snap out of it!  They’re swatches!  What on earth was I going to do with them?  I threw the box on the stairs until I had finished loading another pile of laundry in the washing machine.

Once upon a time I had a fabric sale to raise money to purchase sewing machines for  the community at the Seed of Hope home in Bekulwandle in South Africa.  This small offering of swatch “things” wouldn’t raise enough pennies to buy a door knob, but I couldn’t just throw them out – could I?

I could use them in my framing? Perhaps sew a quilt? Wait!  Doesn’t that mean the shoebox gets moved off the shelf downstairs to yet another shelf in my shop?  How long did it sit downstairs unattended and neglected?  How long will it sit out there gathering dust? That’s it – the swatches are going.

And I’m making a list to help me determine what stays and what goes, from here on in!

1.  Is it useful for consumption?  No.  Hmm – new foodie fabric salad?

2.  Is it useful for financial gain?  No.  If fabric swatches were equal to gold bars maybe.

3.  Is it useful at all?  Yes, but someone else can figure that out.

If the answer is no for two out of these three questions – you must immediately take what ever the “thing” is and put it into the back of your car.  As soon as you run errands up town, you must take it to the nearest thrift shop quickly – in fact – run.  Then go out and celebrate!  But what ever you do, make sure it’s in a disposable container!  Bring no-thing home with you.

Some fun quotes:

Have a place for everything and keep the thing somewhere else; this is not a piece of advice, it is merely a custom. —Mark Twain

If your house is really a mess and a stranger comes to the door, greet him with, “Who could have done this? We have no enemies.” —Phyllis Diller

Refind, Reclaim and Frame?

Even my latest “object projects” cannot seem to escape the written word.  The suspended Seagull in a sand colored frame whispers a faded message in the sky.  The World War II Victory collage wouldn’t be as spectacular without the pin dangled message “They’ll always be an England.”  My favorite so far, the vintage hanger with its prize possessions of a broom, coat and bowler hat in retro green – with bubbled captions “charming”, “so pretty” and “adore.”

You can find my latest project sitting on a shelf this weekend at “Refind”, an artsy and hip consignment store in quaint uptown Olds, Alberta.  A hidden treasure from the past found its way into someone’s heart long ago, is it any surprise with a bit of polish and transformation,  it could do so once again? Perhaps at “Ladies’ Night”?   Don’t miss it, this Friday, March 15th at Refind!  See http://www.refindclothing.blogspot.ca for more details.

*$5.00 coupons are available Friday night only, gifted by Cindy and My hometown Framing.  Bring your coupon into the studio and put it towards having a special treasure of your own immortalized behind glass.

And don’t miss all the other surprises Cory has in store!

Thanks to Refind’s very own – Cory,  for this opportunity to be involved with my community and to Karen at Dunrite for her printing services.

Cindy Palin at My hometown Framing – 5406 52st. – Olds, Alberta – http://www.newcindypalin.com