December 4th, 2014
“A Christian, above all people, should live artistically, aesthetically, and creatively. We are supposed to be representing the Creator who is there, and who we acknowledge to be there…If we have been created in the image of an Artist, then we should look for expression of artistry, and be sensitive to beauty, responsive to what has been created for our appreciation.” (From “The Hidden Art of Homemaking” By Edith Schaeffer p. 32).
My friend Ruth, at Gracelaced, is a gifted artist. She uses her gift to reflect the One who created her. I was so excited when she sent me some of her art to display in my home. If you are looking for a unique and special gift for someone this Christmas, consider giving the gift of art. Ruth’s paintings are not only available as frameable prints but also as cards. She also takes custom orders.
This beautiful piece, “O Come Let Us Adore Him”
And this 2015 calendar graces my writing desk:
To look at the rest of Ruth’s art or place an order, click here.
Disclaimer: I received these pieces for free in exchange for sharing about the artwork in this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
December 1st, 2014
An angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, “She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet: “Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel” (which means, God with us)” (Matthew 1:21-23).
My prayer for you this Advent, my friends, is that you would ponder in your heart what it means that God became flesh and made his dwelling among us. May you seek to understand and grasp the significance of a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a humble manger. May you embrace with renewed wonder the woven pieces that make up the tapestry of God’s story of redemption, culminating in Christ.
Colossians 1 tells us more about this Immanuel: “He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together. And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent. For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross” (vs. 15-20).
Immanuel came to restore us back to our Maker. In conquering sin, he then made his home within us. Paul Tripp puts it this way, “the whole redemptive story marches toward Immanuel, the Redeemer who would destroy sin’s dominion in our hearts by making our hearts the place where he, in his power, wisdom, and glory, would dwell.” (in Whiter Than Snow: Meditations on Sin and Mercy p.103)
Pause in stillness this Advent. Cast aside distractions and ponder with Mary the wonder of child born to save. Rejoice that God would choose to take up residence in your heart. The Creator of the universe, the one who flung the stars in the sky and by whose word everything exists made a way to live within you–through this Immanuel, Jesus, the Son of God.
This Advent, rejoice that Immanuel has come. He is with us. He is in us. This is my prayer for you and for me that this Advent season would draw us ever closer in sweet communion with our Immanuel.
Merry Christmas to you and yours!
“Mighty God (Is. 9:6) is the name of this child. The child in the manger is none other than God himself. Nothing greater can be said: God became a child. In the Jesus child of Mary lives the almighty God. Wait a minute! Don’t speak; stop thinking! Stand still before this statement! God became a child! Here he is, poor like us, miserable and helpless like us, a person of flesh and blood like us, our brother. And yet he is God; he is might. Where is the divinity, where is the might of the child? In the divine love in which he became like us. His poverty in the manger in his might. In the might of love he overcomes the chasm between God and humankind, he overcomes sin and death, he forgives sin and awakens from the dead. Kneel down before this miserable manger, before this child of poor people, and repeat in faith the stammering words of the prophet: “Mighty God!” And he will be your God and your might.” –Dietrich Bonhoeffer
“A Christian, above all people, should live artistically, aesthetically, and creatively. We are supposed to be representing the Creator who is there, and who we acknowledge to be there…If we have been created in the image of an Artist, then we should look for expression of artistry, and be sensitive to beauty, responsive to what […]
An angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, “She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet: “Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, […]
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