The Gift of the Mysterious Quilt

Do you have a soul friend, someone who brings a bit of a miracle into your life everytime you talk?

Posted in , Feb 1, 2018

Gift of a quilt from a soul friend

Adapted from Diana Aydin’s Editor’s Note for the February/March 2018 issue of Mysterious Ways. If you’d like to subscribe, click here.

Last February, I got a mysterious gift. The month before, I’d mentioned to Roberta Messner, a frequent Mysterious Ways contributor, how my mom is a big quilter and how much I love quilts. That passing remark gave Roberta an idea. She asked God to help her find the perfect quilt for me, one that was charming, well-made and full of love.

Over Valentine’s Day weekend, Roberta walked into an antiques store in West Virginia and there it was–the quilt she’d prayed for. Made in the 1930s, with a pattern of a girl in a bonnet and hand-stitched hearts. Roberta took those hearts as a sign, bought the quilt and mailed it off. Her gift floored me. It was beautiful and strangely familiar too. 

About a month later, my mom saw the quilt and gasped. “The girl in the bonnet!” she said. When I was little, my mom had come across an embroidery kit of a girl in a bonnet at a crafts store. “I had to buy it,” she told me. “The girl in the bonnet reminded me so much of you.” She made the embroidery and hung it in my room, where it stayed for years. No wonder the quilt felt familiar!

Roberta’s gift was what best-selling author Gabrielle Bernstein–a student of miracles and our Q&A subject in the February/March 2018 issue of Mysterious Ways–would call a message from the universe. An unmistakable sign that God is orchestrating things from above.

Sometimes those signs reveal themselves in an unbelievable chance encounter. Or in a peculiar dream about a complete stranger. Or through “soul friends,” those people you feel connected to on a level that is deeper than friendship.

Roberta is definitely a soul friend. Every time we talk, it seems to lead to a little bit of a miracle. Do you have a soul friend like Roberta? Let us know on or by emailing us at [email protected]

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