This is Dilly the duck. She is the beloved rag of my daughter Anna.
Dilly used to be perfect and plush, but the longer she was "alive", the more beat-up she became. She was dirty, smelly, riddled with holes and just pathetic to look at. Dilly was so depleted of stuffing that she couldn't even hold her head up.
But what to do? Dilly was BELOVED and Anna's heart would break if Dilly couldn't be saved.
BUT... there was a perfect duck sitting on a shelf. And this perfect duck was not too proud to give its skin for Dilly.
And so the operation began. Here is Dilly in her hospital bed! It took six hours of careful stitching. Amazingly, Dilly still looked like Dilly. She was full and whole again and Anna was very pleased indeed!
As I was doing the surgery, I couldn't get away from how this was a picture for my daughter of the salvation story. In our sin, nothing could save us. The dress of the law couldn't get to ugliness underneath. And we were so beloved that something had to be done and was!
"I delight greatly in the Lord; my soul rejoices in my God. For he has clothed me with garments of salvation and arrayed me in a robe of righteousness." Isaiah 61:10