This stark babushka is quite different than my typical cheerful style. It was a privilege to make her for a dear woman who is currently in a season of sorrow. The commission was quite specific: cold grays, anemic whites, but evergreen for perseverance and, most importantly, hope in life made new in a new creation.
As I sewed the snowdrop as a symbol for sown hope, I hummed a hymn from my childhood, text by Charles Burhop, tune by my dad Leonard Payton:
As surely as a seed will grow when planted in the ground, God’s Word, as surely, makes us know: In Christ we’re homeward bound.