Tuesday, January 22, 2008


Ruth 2:23
So Ruth stayed close to the servant girls of Boaz to glean until the barley and wheat harvests were finished. And she lived with her mother-in-law.

Somehow wheat has always fascinated me. I think it has to do with the distinct pattern the grass makes as it grows to make grain inside the protective husks. It's the artist and the order part of me that enjoys patterns in just about everything God has made. God has put everything on this earth with such care giving means for beauty, protection and purpose. Seeing wheat growing and then taking a closer look makes me realize how wonderfully made we are, everything is.

Oh, about 20 years ago I took a class on wheat weaving at Callaway Gardens which is very close to where I live. I don't think I have any of the things I came away from that class with as over the years they became fragile and I finally had to throw them away.

For my Tuesday's Treasure this week I wanted to show you a bread plate that has been in my family for I don't know how long. My mother, Ruth, gave it to me and she was not certain which part of our family it came from. I don't use it to serve bread often, but rather placed on a display easel and do treasure it. I hope you will enjoy looking at the wheat server as you bring your own thoughts about wheat into the picture.

There are so many wheat analogies we could talk about but when I look at my bread server today I think about my Gleaners Sunday School class. As Gleaners we have much to live up to.

I'm sandwiched between the Gleaner in green and the Gleaner in yellow.


Just Joni said...

Good morning Phyllis! I love your Tuesday's treasure. When I was a teenager living at home I saved my babysitting money to "fix up my room" and one of the first things I had to have was this bedspread with wheat on it...sounds kind of unlikely now, but I always loved how the stalks of wheat would bend and ripple with the wind...it always looked so carefree and graceful and that very well may be how I began to favor earth tones in my decorating. I love your bread plate...the patterns and the thought it conjures up about breaking bread. Thank you for sharing!

Nonnie said...

lovely plate, phyllis! i, too, have always been attracted to wheat. the weavings have always amazed me, and the visual that joni offered is one i have loved also. thank you so much, also, for your thoughts and prayers for jamie and matt.....so kind.
have a wonderful day, kim.

Annette said...

when I read you storey, something came to my mind, we should be like wheat growing, and christ is our stalk, think about it....I cant explaine it, but in his love we are graceful and we all weave together, does this make since to you?

pfranklin said...

Thank you Joni, Kim and Annette. Annette, you are so right. It's just like Jesus saying I am the vine and you are the branches. He who abides in me and I in him, the same brings forth much fruit, for without me you can do nothing. I see the wheat as you do. We all have to cling to the stalk as we grow and then He expects us to come to fruit so as to speak and make seeds so that His life can live thru us. Glad you mentioned this. Thank you so much!

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