Whether it's a conversation with a friend, a word that is penned, or a craft that is made, everything we do leaves a stitch in the fabric of time. Join us as we investigate the stitches of the past and present...
"To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: ... a time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak" (Ecclesiastes 3:1, 7).
and Göring are standing atop the Berlin radio tower.
says he wants to do something to put a smile on Berliners’ faces.
Göring says: “Why don’t you jump?”
Elise Kürchner, a 21-year-old war widow working as a technical draftswoman at
an armaments factory in Berlin sometime in the summer of 1943, told that joke
to a coworker. The coworker denounced her.
wisecracks at Hitler’s expense was, in theory at least, a capital crime, but
most people who did so faced no consequences. They were rarely denounced, and
if they did come before a court they were usually given a warning, at most a
few months of “re-education” in Dachau concentration camp.
who caused problems for the Nazis could expect them to use sedition as an
excuse to arrest and execute them. Law-abiding Germans, though, had little to
fear until the war began to turn against Germany. Then, punishment for sedition
became more severe.
was forced to appear before the People’s Court. President Roland Freisler was
notorious for berating defendants, and his death sentences. Marianne
acknowledged making the joke, but said she hadn’t been herself at the time,
feeling bitter about the recent loss of her husband at the front.
didn’t care. In fact, Marianne’s status as a war widow made her crime worse. In
fact, he was proud to take no account of individual suffering.”
his ruling, Friesler wrote:
the widow of a fallen German soldier, Marianne Kürchner tried to undermine our
will to valiant defense
and efficient work in
the armaments sector toward victory by making hateful remarks about the Führer and the German
people and by uttering the wish that we should lose the war … She has excluded
herself from the racial community. Her honor has been permanently destroyed and
therefore she shall be punished with death.
rendered his judgment on June 26, 1943. Marianne was guillotined for the joke
Prison execution room
guillotine after an air raid
you glad we don’t have to worry about such a fate?
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Antonio, a hunky Christian ride-share driver, stumbles into
a murder investigation. He and his police detective brother must follow the
clues while dodging bullets from the Russian mob. Time is running out as international
terrorists and corporate henchmen threaten Washington, D.C.
God, who is the blessed controller of all things, the king over all kings
and the master of all
masters… 1 Timothy 6:13-16 J.B. Phillips
crashing and rolling in the dark of night, Peter climbed out of the pitching
and yawing boat and set off across the foaming waves toward Jesus, who walked
peacefully atop the surface of the water—“the blessed controller of all things”.
These were not timid men. Most were fishermen hardened to heavy toil and the
rough, unpredictable waters of the Sea of Galilee. Storms were nothing new, but
on this night, the ferocity of the thunder, lightning streaking across the sky,
and the tumult of the waves frightened them.
the amazement of his companions, Peter strode across the thrashing sea with confidence,
his eyes fixed on Jesus’ face. In a moment of panic, he glanced down in
amazement at the churning water beneath his feet, his heart filled with fear of
the impossible, and he began to sink.
great and powerful God who rules the universe promises never to let me go. God promises to keep us afloat through any
trial, bringing us to safe harbor when we focus on Him, no matter how distant
the solid ground appears. My heart and my feet might fail, but my God has
promised He never will.
I navigated the waters of infertility, chronic illness, my father’s sudden
death, and my husband’s job loss, God has proved unfailing in his faithfulness
and mercy. When the end result appears uncertain, my thoughts stray to the
worst possible outcome. My heart knows God is the blessed controller, but my
mind can’t conceive of his ability to make things right. I grow faint, my feet
falter, and whitecaps of fear drag me under choppy waves of doubt.
When the storms of life threaten to drag me
beneath the waves, I must remember the blessed controller who prevails over the
tempest. Though trials may buffet, God will never allow me to sink. He will not
fail, for our God is mighty to save.
Gail’s debut contemporary Christian romance, Land of My Dreams, won the 2016
Bookvana Religious Fiction Award. A women’s Bible study leader for over 21
years, her devotionals and poetry have appeared at ChristianDevotions.us, the
Stitches Thru Time blog, and in “The Secret Place.” She is a member of American
Christian Fiction Writers, Romance Writers of America, Historical Writers of
America, and the Women’s Fiction Writers Association. Norma is a former RN who
lives in the mountains of New Mexico with her husband of 41 years. They have
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