M is for Martha

A to Z Theme - Circle of Hope:
A serial story (written in six-sentence segments) involving twenty-six women living in the small Midwest town of Cottonwood Creek, their lives connected by the Women's Circle of the town's protestant church, Hope Christian Fellowship, to which they all belong.

Martha, 80, oldest member of the Women's Circle and one of the founding members of Hope Christian, is beloved by all. 

Alyssa decided to do something a bit different for this year's Children's Christmas Program at the church, and instead of having the Pastor or the children read the Christmas story from the Bible, she asked Martha is she might be interested in sitting up front in a rocking chair, surrounded by all the children as she read the story to them, just as their own parents or grandparents might do.

Although Martha's health hadn't been the best as of late, she was thrilled to be asked and felt she could handle this role as long as a microphone was provided so everyone could hear her read. What Alyssa didn't tell Martha was that there was another project in the works, a special gift from the church's children for her. 

Alyssa had gone around to trace each child's hand onto a square of cloth, printed their name on it, and then had them decorate it to their liking with fabric paint. She took the completed squares to Lainey who joined them to make a beautiful quilt that would be lovingly placed across Martha's lap when she sat down in the rocking chair at the Christmas program to read.

Read the stories of all the Circle of Hope women here.


  1. I'm enjoying meeting the Circle of hope women.

  2. What a nice surprise that will be! How thoughtful Alyssa is.

  3. That's certainly an excellent idea, it will be a Christmas pageant to remember.

  4. This is something I can clearly see happening at our church!

    Perspectives at Life & Faith in Caneyhead

  5. Oh I literally cried at the end about what the children are doing special for her!! What a blessing she has been to her church, and to be honoured in return. Just lovely.

  6. This is so beautiful. I admire Alyssa for her thoughtfulness and compassion . Feeling needed and appreciated is an innate human characteristic. So glad Alyssa recognised it and created a space for Martha to feel valued and appreciated. Also, I appreciate Martha's zest for involvement in community events . We need more Alyssa's to make it a better world .

  7. I love this! It meant so much to me to read about the quilt, because in 3rd grade, our teacher had all of us make squares very much like the ones you mention, only she made a long skirt out of them. :)

  8. The story gets lovelier by the day. I'm sure Martha will be touched by the quilt, a meaningful gift that touches the heart. I have a feeling this year's Christmas Pageant is going to be extra special.


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