Several years ago a good friend at work had to do battle with cancer. She won! But it was ugly, as usual. In an attempt to be with her when I couldn't be and offer support when she needed some, I made her a Zoe. Zoe means life. Zoe's are soft and squeezable for when you need a hand to squeeze, but can't reach one. Zoe's are sweet and loveable, calm and courageous...just like life.
So, on one side of the Zoe, there is a lamb, with scripture references that offer comfort. On the other side is a lion, with scripture references that offer courage.
Comfort and courage...both are needed when doing battle.
My friend LOVES her Zoe. She has shared it with a couple of good friends in need since I gave it to her. She and I both cry anytime we talk about how special the Zoe is. On Friday, she asked me to make one for another friend of ours at school whose father has had a stroke and has a long hard battle before him. She couldn't live without hers for the time they were going to need the comfort and courage. She asked them for scriptures that were meaningful to them and the whole family participated so that it will mean something to each person in the family as they all join to fight this battle together.
As always, things evolve. Here are pictures of the very first Zoe and the very last one. I have made several others in between. I keep trying to make one for me to keep, but someone else always needs it more than me.
And then God had another little word for me. My first friend asked how much it would cost and I gave her a price. Later that evening I hear from God..."Really? You are charging to share what you have been given freely?"
I just pray that this little Zoe brings comfort and courage as needed.