In June, I received a phone call from one of our local volunteers. In 2010, Sylvia created the most beautiful quilt with the fitting theme of “children around the world.” She was inquiring of its present location. The quilt was given to our young girls to enjoy, so it is strategically displayed in the cottage where they reside; originally in Wilmoth Cottage and now in Garrison Cottage. When I visited Garrison Cottage to confirm its location, I was surprised to find an empty wall where it normally hangs. An all campus search began.
In January of this year, Wilmoth Cottage endured extensive water damage caused by a sprinkler system that froze during unusual cold temperatures in Hot Springs. With this knowledge, I immediately assumed that the quilt was taken down to protect it from the gushing waters. After a few conversations and extensive searching, the quilt was located and delivered to my office! I was excited to return it to its rightful place.
As I began the short trip to Garrison, with quilt in hand, I was greeted by the sweet voice of one of the young girls who was walking toward me with her houseparent. “Miss Sharon, you found it! You found it!” What a joy to hear such excitement that spoke of the significance of this quilt. Anna* and I began to study the quilt together; she was more familiar with it than I. As she spoke with delight of its contents, she abruptly said “Watch this; I know this one by heart…” My heart melted as she looked away from the scripture verse stitched into this masterpiece and proclaimed, “For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life, John 3:16.” I celebrated with Anna* as we do when children quote scripture from memory and then I looked her in the eyes as if it would be my last moments with her and said
, “Anna*, remember those words the rest of your days.”