Thirty-five years ago, one of our neighbors raised some eyebrows when as President of the United States, he wore cotton blue jeans in the White House. Some worried that this might be a sign of disrespect for the office. Today, our family had the opportunity to visit the Sumter County Producers Gin and see the cotton unloaded from the fields and process for shipping. I have a new perspective on President Carter’s clothing and now I believe he was wearing cotton out of respect for the Southern farmers and the hard working men and women everywhere who labor to produce our goods.
Then Jacob made a vow, saying, “If God will be with me and will watch over me on this journey I am taking and will give me food to eat and clothes to wear so that I return safely to my father’s household, then the LORD will be my God and this stone that I have set up as a pillar will be God’s house, and of all that you give me I will give you a tenth.” – Genesis 28: 10-22
There’s another wonderful thing that can be made from cotton and that is a quilt. I love the image of a hand-sewn patchwork quilt that keeps us warm in the cold winter evenings. The pieces of cloth come from old garments, recycled and reused to bring a new life to worn out clothes. They have different colors and different textures. They come from different backgrounds and different communities. But when woven together the patchwork quilt becomes beautiful.