Welcome to a tribute to the fallen.
Memorial Day is to remember those who have fallen while in the service of our country.
However, when tragedy strikes close to home, the lines blur.
At first I was not going to do a table, it seemed so trivial in light of the devastation wrought in Northern Texas and Oklahoma.
But then I recanted.
Last week tornadoes ripped through Granbury and then Cleburne in the Dallas area.
Lives were lost.
I prayed for them.
Last Sunday, a tornado ripped through Shawnee, OK.
I remembered all the wonderful people I met when I taught at Sue's Sewing Shoppe.
I prayed for them.
Then came Monday.
And Moore, Oklahoma was struck with an EF-5 tornado.
Winds of between 200-210 miles an hour.
At least a mile wide.
Almost the same path that the 1999 tornado took.
And I prayed for them.
One by one friends and family checked in.
First my dear friends in Edmond.
Then a post from our beloved Cherry Kay.
Our Bernina dealer.
My friend Debbie.
I praised God.
While praising God and weeping for those whose loved ones were lost,
I remembered that God is with us always, in good and bad. He rejoices with us when we are full of joy. He cries for us when we hurt.
1 Peter 5:6-10
6 Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. 7 Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.
8 Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. 9 Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings.
10 And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.
So I carry on. With a deep hurt in my heart for all those in Texas and Oklahoma.
And I ask for prayers, our tornado season is just starting.
I remember those fallen for my freedoms.
I praise them for their bravery and conviction.
We owe them a debt we cannot repay.
So I set this table for us to enjoy this weekend.
Amidst our bbq and gatherings,
I promise to remember.
And to be thankful.
Thank you Cherry Kay for this gorgeous tablecloth. I couldn't wait to use it.
I hope this is a fitting debut.
Tablecloth - Cherry Kay from Entertaining Women
Dinner Plate - Queens Calico
Salad/soup Bowl - Villeroy and Boch Burgenland
Bread Plate - Arzberg Blaue Blueten
Flatware - Cambridge
Red Water Goblet - Stein Mart
Blue Wine Goblet - Libbey, Dollar Tree
Red Napkins - unknown
Napkin Rings - Dollar Tree door hangers
Centerpiece - Grape Milk Glass
I'm linking to Cuisine Kathleen's Let's Dish on Wednesday evening.
On Thursday, you can find me at Susan's Tablescape Thursday at Between Naps on the Porch.
I hope you will drop in.
And here's to hopping the brick is re-laid on the patio by Sunday! ;-)