our lord of a good end

marc brought back piles of bonfim wish ribbons with him when he came home from brasil.  this was before i had even met him.  when we did meet, one of the first things he did was tie a pink “senhor do bonfim” ribbon around my wrist.  i’ve worn one ever since.  the kids have always worn them too.  they call them “birthday ribbons.”  every birthday they get a new one.  although you never really have to worry about being saddled with more than three at once.  they do tend to get terribly mangy and fall off (you know, within a year or two).

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my favorite are the red ones.  they just turn into tidy, kabbalah style pieces of string.  but whatever you do, don’t pick white.  after wearing a mangy one of those for a year, i’ve learned my lesson.  i was just thinking about these because we tied the last one on girl in february.  so i finally sat down and found a place to buy them online.  hooray for the handy ol’ internet.

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i think the idea behind the ribbons was that you picked one up any time you had an answer to prayer.  (you can read about it here.)  eventually they morphed into “wish ribbons” and are labeled with names of different churches or saints.  the most common is “senhor do bonfim.”  which means, “our lord of a good end.”  that is how i like to think of them.  to remind us that we belong to a god who causes all things to work together for good for those who love him.

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4 Responses to “our lord of a good end”


  1. 1 Autumn March 26, 2009 at 4:10 pm

    So thats what those are all about.
    I have seen scraggly ribbons paired with ones with words that I couldn’t make sense of before on folks.
    So do you do just a normal old knot or an adjustable knot like this one http://www.athensbeadsandthings.com/Instructions/AdjustableKnots/adjustable-knots.html ?

  2. 2 mavis March 26, 2009 at 4:42 pm

    nope, we just make three horrendously tight granny knots and hope the kid doesn’t grow too much before it falls off. the ribbon wears away before the knot itself gives. and it’s nicer to wear them tight. they stretch a little with age anyways. and if you give them slack they just start catching on things and become obnoxious. you know, instead of becoming one with your arm. 😉

  3. 3 mackenzie March 26, 2009 at 8:48 pm

    I never knew that little tidbit of your story (so romantic….). Does girl chew it or is she too refined?


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