Several months ago my dear mother, my cousin and I happened upon an estate sale near my home. We arrived fairly close to the end of the sale and, oh, how we wished we had been there earlier! When we left that day I carried away a treasure - a wonderful stained glass piece to hang in my dining room. I had envisioned a piece hanging on the ‘stationary’ side of the double sliding door to the patio for a long time . I often looked at beautiful pieces that I couldn’t afford and at quite a few I could afford but knew just were not right! The moment I saw this one I knew it would be perfect. The colors were right, the size was right and my heart knew it was what I had waited for! Soon after I returned home my sweetheart hung it for me and now it seems as if it has been there forever.
I would love to take the wooden frame off and just have the delicate stained glass hanging there but I don’t want to try to remove it. I’m afraid I will break the whole piece. A friend does stained glass and I’ve considered asking his advice and help but the time hasn’t been right when we’ve been together. (I think taking it to church and asking him during the sermon would be a bit distracting!) The frame is handmade but the finish is not in tip-top condition. I plan to paint it the same off-white as the woodwork in my home and the corner hutch nearby. I hoped it would be done by now but a bout of tendonitis in my right wrist (I’m right-handed!) has slowed me down. I’ll show it to you when I decide what to do.
These photos were taken late last summer. Our winter days here in Oregon haven’t been this bright and sunny lately – and the grass isn’t that green anymore. The hanging flowers are long gone and the patio furniture has been put away until summer comes again. But my beautiful stained glass piece remains – no matter what the weather. Today, for just a bit, the sun tried to peek through and it called to me. It was there – and then gone. But in that moment I caught a glimpse of it to share with you.
People are like stained glass windows.
They sparkle and shine when the sun is out,
but when the darkness sets in,
their true beauty is revealed
only if there is a light from within.