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A Tapestry of Fortune

I finished one of my favourite author's new book- A Tapestry of Fortune in record time last week. I always find Elizabeth Berg so simple and delightful to read but yet so touching and profound in the message. One of my goals this summer is to collect all her books and indulge myself in her rich narrative that somehow speaks to my soul.
A Tapestry of Fortune was no different from the others I've read. A novel about friendship, letting go and the necessity of good people in your life are all things I can relate to.
As my group of friends grows smaller (not necessarily because I'm losing touch with friends, but I mean smaller in a more intimate way) I can identify with the narrator's ability to see friends as family-as people who you would do anything for.
This past week our circle of friends was pierced with a couple anxiety heightening moments. Candace prematurely had her baby at 30 weeks and Alynne's mom, who is already battling cancer, had a stroke. These are moments that can rock your life at its core- but if you have those solid friendships built around you, you at least have people to fall back on when you need them the most.  I think what moved me the most this week was seeing my separate groups of friends being intertwined and helping each other-despite not really knowing each other.  That makes my heart smile.  It made me realize that we're here for so much more than just ourselves- it's about connections and reaching out and stepping out of our zone to make life beautiful for everyone.
Candace and Mike have a beautiful, strong 3 lb, 8 oz little boy.  Rocco Nash.  They are currently adjusting to life in the NICU.
Alynne's mom is regaining some of her speech and is hoping to make a strong recovery.
In both cases, their friends are doing everything possible to make life a little easier in those more difficult moments.
Seeing people reaching out to others shows me that there's a whole lot more to this life and that's what makes this world beautiful.  My life has been greatly blessed by the friends I have in it and truly is a tapestry of fortune- and that is a richness that money can't buy.


Now I look again at the people gathered in my backyard, feeling a deep appreciation for the events that brought us all together.  We are a convergence of fates, a tapestry of fortunes in colors both somber and bright, each contributing equally to the Whole.
I see how the corner of the Compass quilt lifts in the breeze and resettles itself...How the tree branches filter light into an unduplicatable pattern...How plates have been emptied and filled, emptied again and filled again, and how there is still more.
This is what I want to say.  This is what I want to tell.  But there are no words for it.  There is just the tightening of hands, the spread of an odd pressure across the chest.  There is just hope.
And faith.
And love.

-From A Tapestry of Fortunes- Elizabeth Berg


















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