pattern // stitching a hexagon tinies dove to commemorate baptism
Today's pattern is a dove, or it could be another bird of your choosing. But let me tell you why I chose a dove.
I have fond memories of growing up in Sunday school and singing songs like "Jesus Loves Me". When I was five years old, I asked Jesus into my heart, and over the years I grew closer and closer to Him. Yes, there have been times when I felt like God was/is far, but I always come to see that He's still right there with me. Even when I'm the one far from Him.
In many church traditions, baptism happens when you are a baby, but that wasn't the norm in the churches I've attended. Instead, it's something that happens when you are older. Often when an adult decides to follow Jesus, they are baptized very soon after. So since I was so young when I chose Jesus, there wasn't a natural time for me to be baptized. So I never was.
This year, I have been given a fresh awareness of how much Jesus Loves Me. It seems funny that it has taken 30 years for me to grasp this, but it has. And it seems appropriate that in this year that I am learning this, that I'm finally going to be baptized (on Sunday!).
Doves are a symbol of baptism, so I've stitched this little dove to keep as a memory of this big day. Eventually, I think I'll be putting together a bunting like this one.
It's not quite the serious sort of dove that you often see with baptism items, but I wanted something that was still me. And if this cute little dove would be something you'd like to stitch on a baptism gift, I hope it is useful to you. I think it would be darling on a little blankie!
Or, simply use other colors and make it little sparrow or blue bird. It's really the white that makes this a dove.
PS: If you ever have questions about my faith in Jesus, I'd love to talk with you more. Feel free to email me! molliejohanson at gmail.com