Monday, April 01, 2013

Threads of a Tapestry


Edith Schaeffer
1914 - 2013 

Precious in the sight of the Lord
    is the death of his saints.
Psalm 116:15

My husband introduced me to Francis Schaeffer during our courtship, but I've never been able to finish one of his books. Thus, my introduction to Edith.
 
I've never met Edith Schaeffer personally, but I feel like I can call her Edith.
 
After reading several of Edith's books, I feel like I know her as a friend. I've not read all of her books but hope to one day. 

Her passing from the corruptible body to her glorified one has moved me. 

Her husband Francis and she have done more for intentional and intellectual Christian thought and living than most realize. 

My favorite book by Edith is The Tapestry. I'd say it was my first big-page book. I read it during the early 1980s as a young mother and pastor's wife. It was through it, and later through her The Art of Homemaking that I learned to do many household chores with a different attitude. She helped me appreciate beauty in small tasks. Small things matter - like the simple addition of a few flowers to the table.

I'm going now to find The Tapestry so that it can find its way to my nightstand for another read. It's time. I need the encouragement it can give to once again look toward this earthly home, appreciate my surroundings, and find beauty in God's world until my day is done.

It was through my husband first, then through Edith, then through her daughter Susan that I became acquainted with Charlotte Mason. I was already in a good homeschooling routine by then, but Susan's book, For the Children's Sake, helped hone a solid philosophy of schooling for my children.

Edith taught me the life metaphor of her book: Life on earth is like a tapestry. We never know how our life, woven by God our Creator, will intertwine with others. And though messy underneath, as our life on earth is, it is perfectly formed from the perspective of the God of the Universe.

  

  
  

1 comment:

A Circle of Quiet said...

I have vivid memories of reading What is a Family the first summer we were married. It shaped our ideas more than any other book at the time. And Susan's book came out the year we were married!

Di