The Love That’s Never Wasted

Date: April 30, 2024

Now we see things imperfectly, like puzzling reflections in a mirror, but then we will see everything with perfect clarity. 1 Corinthians 13:12


Knitting. When Angie was grieving the loss of her mother to Alzheimer’s, she poured her heart into her mother’s favorite pastime.

As Angie’s heart ached, she knitted away, making blankets, scarves, and hats for those in need. She decided to knit a blanket in a knitting pattern named “faith” as a reminder of faith in dark times. She worked through tears, comforted that the blanket would be donated to an organization that gave them to Alzheimer’s patients. But when she donated the blanket, the organizer criticized her knitting, remarking that the blanket was a fraction of the size it should be. In her grief, Angie hadn’t read the instructions for the pattern correctly, and her errors resulted in a small, seemingly useless blanket.

Days later, the little blanket was accidentally taken to the Alzheimer’s ward, and a woman there joyfully chose it as a blanket for her beloved cherished stuffed animal. Angie’s mistake ended up making a difference to someone. Reflecting on the experience, Angie said, “Faith is a very powerful thing, and anything done with love is never wasted.[1]

Even with the best of intentions and love and faith, we don’t always get it right. Our understanding is imperfect or, as the Bible says in the book of 1 Corinthians, “…we see things imperfectly, like puzzling reflections in a mirror” (I Corinthians 13:12). But if we act in faith in God and love for Him and others, we can trust that He’ll find a way to use it all! He turns anything we offer into displays of His goodness. Jesus takes what we have, what we give Him, and in His perfect power turns it into just what is needed.

[1] Moth Stories. “Angie Chatman Begins Knitting for Charity.” Instagram, 24 Dec. 2023,