The JF&CS Parkinson’s Community Quilt
Written by: Peggy and Laura Whitbread
Joe has always been the early riser in our family. Parkinson’s disease (PD) has exacerbated this habit for Joe so that he greets the sunrise more often than not. When we asked him to name his favorite colors he named oranges and reds. When asked why those colors, he replied that they are the colors he sees with the rising sun from the front windows of our house.
So the quilt square is the rising sun as can be seen out our living room windows. One of the readings for the day after the first meeting of the quilt project said everything regarding Joe’s attitude toward his life with PD. “My heart is steadfast, O God; my heart is steadfast; I will sing and chant praise. Awake, O my soul; awake, lyre and harp! I will wake the dawn.” (Psalm.57: 8 – 9) That is Joe: steadfast, faith-filled, and brave enough to wake the dawn with or without the challenge of PD.
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