There's been a flurry of crafting-related discussions in our congregation lately. This has generated some random thoughts in my head, feel free to comment to help develop them further. Here's what my radar has picked up:
-the need to create: I've heard so many ladies express a desire to make things, even if they don't know how or ever get around to it. Baking, sewing, knitting, crocheting, quilting, decorating... I believe it is the fact that we are made in the image of a Creator which compels us to follow suit and create objects ourselves. Beautiful objects, tasty objects. Nobody is satisfied with a half-baked loaf of bread that didn't rise all the way, or playing a music piece that doesn't keep time. People desire excellence in what is created.
-Creating brings folks together: this transcends age. When one of my kids starts drawing or making something, the others naturally join in with ideas or their own contributions. Adults do the same thing. Blogs, online communities, real-life knitting groups, etc. have sprung up all over the place. The sharing of ideas edifies each other, a created object is only complete when given/shared with someone else.
This makes me think about the creation of the world. 5 days of making trees, water, sky, & critters, but it wasn't complete until man was formed. God shares his creation with Adam, gives it to him even, then makes woman so he can continue sharing with his own kind on earth. They encourage and spur each other onto more creativity.
Whatever you create today, make sure to share it with someone else. Look for the mutual edification, then praise the Creator for being made in His image.
Clear evidence that God establishes His covenant with His people (Israel, here; the Church, in Christ) and the families among His people, not just individuals.
Almost a year ago I attended a pastors's conference where it was asserted that the problem with modern worship music was neither it's newness nor the instruments used to accompany the singing of God's people. Rather, it was asserted, the primary problem with modern worship music was it's striking similarity to the jingles produced by the advertisement gurus on Madison Avenue. After watching the video below, I realized that Tim Hawkins most likely reached the same conclusion, not theologically or philosophically, but rather, just musically. Enjoy/Weep.
Read more about this trend here. The gal interviewed shares my name and age... I assure you it is NOT me undercover!
"I understand Paul’s doctrine of justification to be of those who are ‘in Christ’, whereas Piper and others don’t make that a central element in justification itself. Conversely, for Piper the center of justification is the ‘imputation’ of ‘the righteousness of Christ’, seen in terms of ‘righteousness’ as a kind of moral achievement earned by Jesus and then reckoned to those who believe. I believe that this is an attempt to say something close to what Paul actually says in Romans 6, namely that the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ is ‘reckoned’ to those who are ‘in him’. Putting it the way Piper (and one part of the Reformation tradition) puts it is a pointer to something which is truly there in Paul, but one which gives off misleading signals as well."
The worst part about a dripping roof is not the water damage, that can be repaired easily enough. No, the worst part of a dripping roof (or complaining wife) is that it makes a horrid stench in the home which affects everyone, not just the person under the drip. A bad spiritual aroma in the home, created by a wife with a grouchy attitude or complaining heart, can spread to everyone and foul the air. Only by hacking out the moldy parts and dragging them out the front door and to the curb can the air be cleared. Sometimes the moldy items have personal value and have soured slowly, so we might not notice and are loathe to let them go, even to the point where we deny the stench or don't even smell it. These are the hardest to remove with our own will. Only the professionals can clean up that kind of mess; the professional cleaning team of the Trinity tears out the rot in our hearts and breathes a fresh air into our lives.
Here's the January goals:
finish Steve's birthday socks (his b-day was a month ago!)
finish Hemlock Ring cardigan (the season for wearing sparkly red garments is nearing an end)
flannel nightgown for daughter
flannel PJs for boys #2 & #3
canvas log carrier
ironing board cover (not very inspiring, but much needed)
baby gift for new hobbit nephew (born on Tolkien's birthday, Jan 3)