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Fabric of Faith and The Lake House


Fabric of Faith: A Guide to Prayer Quilt Ministry provides a step-by-step guide to the ministries of Prayers & Squares. Author Kimberly Winston, recipient of the 2005 American Academy of Religion Award for the best in-depth reporting on religion, writes: “Because a prayer quilt is a vessel of love and caring, it can be said to embody the universal philosophy that underpins all the world’s religious traditions: that God, called by many names, is about love. When we care for others, especially those we do not know, we are giving life to this immeasurable aspect of the divine. And when we make and give away a prayer quilt, we affirm that all human beings, no matter what name they call God, are united in their love for him and for each other.”

Most quilts are made for people in crisis situations, although they have also been given to babies before christenings and to young people before they are confirmed or graduate from school. Those who make the quilts feel the power of God move through them, and they in turn are gratified to see the salutary effects of these gifts upon their recipients. Quilters also talk about how making a prayer quilt with their hands connects them with God and the joys of creativity.

Winston gives directions for making a quilt and starting a ministry with chapters on the three commandments that animate this service of others, putting the pieces together and finishing the project. There is also material on God and prayer, quilting as a group, prayers to use and a section of color photographs of quilts (Morehouse Publishing).


The Lake House, directed by Alejandro Agresti, is based on a 2000 South Korean film about two people who communicate with each other across time. This movie about time travel uses flashbacks to tell a large part of the love story. Kate (Sandra Bullock) and Alex (Keanu Reeves) begin corresponding through letters left in the mailbox of a house by a lake. Turns out they are each living in the house, but he’s there in 2004 and she’s in 2006. They are both in transition: She’s in a new job in the city, and he’s an architect who hasn’t decided where he wants to go with his career. They are drawn together by their loneliness and mutual yearning.

Waiting patiently for love is very difficult in this day-and-age when we squirm if we have to wait a few seconds for an elevator, get frustrated when we are put on hold on the telephone and look for instant messages on our computers. The Lake House operates at a different pace.

The characters linger over their letters and gaze thoughtfully into the distance as they try to absorb their situation. In one scene, Kate sits quietly in a restaurant for hours. The key to this couple’s love is the ability to keep their hope alive while they wait. And so it often is for the rest of us (Warner Home Video, PG).


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