It’s a good thing you were born at
night. This world sure seems dark. I have a good eye for silver linings.
But they seem dimmer lately.
These killings, Lord. These children, Lord. Innocence violated. Raw evil demonstrated.
The whole world seems on edge.
Trigger-happy. Ticked off. We hear threats of chemical weapons and
nuclear bombs. Are we one button-push away from annihilation?
Your world seems a bit darker this Christmas.
But you were born in the dark,
right? You came at night. The shepherds were nightshift workers. The
Wise Men followed a star. Your first cries were heard in the shadows. To
see your face, Mary and Joseph needed a candle flame. It was dark. Dark
with Herod’s jealousy. Dark with Roman oppression. Dark with poverty.
Dark with violence.
Herod went on a rampage, killing
babies. Joseph took you and your mom into Egypt. You were an immigrant
before you were a Nazarene.
Oh, Lord Jesus, you entered the dark
world of your day. Won’t you enter ours? We are weary of bloodshed. We,
like the wise men, are looking for a star. We, like the shepherds, are
kneeling at a manger.
This Christmas, we ask you, heal us, help us, be born anew in us.
Sunday, December 16, 2012
Friday, November 09, 2012
Sunday, October 14, 2012
My family is full of creative people who are fun to be with so what better way to spend a fall afternoon than with them, creating fun and interesting crafts.
We all met up on October 13th. We didn't really know what each other wanted to create so finding that out was just as much fun as seeing the finished product at the end of the day. As each person filed in, we found out what craft they were planning to make and looked through the supplies they brought.
Allison and Jen got to work right away, sifting through the supplies each one brought and sharing stuff each other could use. Allison decided she would make some Christmas tree trim from beads and bells and stuff she's had around a while. Jen pre-painted two canvases and she will apply cut paper in a cool flower design.
Liz has a canvas that she is taping off to paint a modern design in multiple colors.
Rosie is going to make some jet packs for the kids to use at her school. They're gonna love them, Rosie!
Jill is taping off votive cups and will glue glitter to the rims for festive everyday decorating at home.
Sarah will cover 3 pails with black & white fabric. She's going to use them for storage and put them on the yellow etagere she inherited from Grammy. Jan is going to fold festive paper into envelopes.
Jill's cute glittery votive candle holders, underway.
Me, busy at work on my fabric covered button bracelet.
Rich wouldn't tell anyone what he was making!
Jen has all of her paper cut out and arranged in her design.
Allison keeps stringin' those beads and bells.
Liz gets her painting underway!
Sarah is mod podgin' her pails.
My buttons are all covered in fabric and ready to go on into the bracelet!
Allison strung a ton of beads and bells!
Rosie completed her jet packs!
My fabric covered button bracelet turned out cute (well I think so!)
Liz puts the finishing touches on her painting.
Jen's picture is all done & super cute!
Jill's glittery glowy candle holders are awesome!
Amanda's boyfriend, Chris, created a planter for his gecko tank.
Mom bejeweled a pumpkin and made these gorgeous velvet & silk pumpkins.
Jan's paper folded envelopes turned out really cute!
Olivia created this super cute spooky house.
Amanda made this awesome Thanksgiving wreath.
We didn't tell anyone there would be awards, but they should have known better!
Jen & Liz fill out their ballots.
Amanda tallied the votes while we all anxiously awaited the results!!
The votes are in! Jill wins "Most Likely to Duplicate!"
Allison wins the Cutest award!
Rich got two awards. Most Creative & Most Complicated for his interchangable magnetic masks.
Jen is shocked to win Grand Supreme Champion for her cute paper cut design on canvas.
She can hardly contain her joy, as you see above!
The award winners!!
The Grand Supreme Champion has to return the trophy at the next Pinterest Family Craft Event. Maybe she'll win again, maybe she won't. The trophy will be in possession of the winning crafter until the next Pinterest Craft Party.
In the meantime, happy pinning and planning for the next party!