Gift #1093: Fiber Festivals

During the warm weather months you may not think that knitting would be on the top of anyone’s mind, but I assure you that it is.  Spring and summer are hosts to various fiber festivals throughout our area and I love attending.  Local dyers, spinners, weavers come to share their beautiful yarns and fibers with us.  If we’re really lucky, local farmers will bring out some of their alpacas, sheep, and angora rabbits and we can pet the animals!  This year I was fortunate enough to attend 2 fiber events.  I always go to the Greencastle fest in April.  We’ve been during snow, rain, or 80 degree heat.  (April is a variable month in the Midwest).  I’ve been attending this show for several years and by now am friendly with my favorite vendors.  I look forward to visiting with them again and also seeing their beautiful yarns.

I’ve discovered the collage option on Instagram and thought this was a good way to share the shows with you without having to post 12 pics.  Here’s a snapshot of some of wonderful sights from the show.  These festivals are so inspiring because you see so many beautiful yarns and projects to knit with them.  It’s certainly intoxicating.

Just last weekend, my mom and I went to Hoosier Hills Fiber Festival.  We’d been once before but were not as impressed as with Greencastle and hadn’t been back in a few years.  Since several vendors we knew were going to be there this year, we decided to give it another go.  And I’m so glad we did!  We had a wonderful time, found some beautiful yarns, and I’m still on a “yarn high” about the whole experience!

One of the big surprises was the photo above.  One of the companies I knew from online, Twisted Fibers, had a booth – they are very special in the yarn industry because they dye their yarn so that the whole skein is a gradient of color.  And it makes spectacular projects.  I’ve long admired their yarn, but have never bought any or seen it in person.  I literally couldn’t breathe or speak for a few minutes in surprise.  And at that moment, the resolve about visiting all the vendors before spending money evaporated and I made a purchase – the green/purple skein pictured in the shawl on the upper right.

As I mentioned, it’s very exciting to see knitted shawls and garments and hats and gloves every which way you look.  One vendor in particular has a slam-dunk selection of knitted lace shawls to show off her yarns and I took pictures of several so I could remember the projects for later.  I can’t tell you how many times all it’s taken is a look at such a shawl to make me purchase the yarn and pattern on the spot.  Sigh.

So here’s a look now at some of the yarns that came home from these events.

These were the Greencastle yarns that I purchased.  From top left, these 3 hand-dyed skeins from Good Yarns blend from dark brown to pale pink/coffee/cream and I plan to use these for a gradient project which are really popular in the knitting community right now.  The top left skeins are from a favorite vendor, Yarn Daze, that do some remarkable dyeing.  Their skeins are rich with natural colors and have a complex dyeing to them that leaves one mesmerized and completely defenseless against their wiles.  These skeins melt from green/gold to rust/brown and, quite frankly, I just want to look at them.  I’m not sure what they’ll become yet – if I want to use them together or separate – but regardless of what they’ll be knitted into, I’ll look like I’m wearing a forest.  And that makes me very happy.  The bottom two photos are yarn that I purchased from Deep Dyed Yarn, formerly LunaBud.  I love this dyer so much.  She’s very sweet, interesting to talk to, and we’ve got a good relationship.  I’ve found a couple of patterns already that I’d like to make with these beauties.

From Hoosier Hills, here are my yarny treasures.  Up left was my non-yarn purchase, some leaf trays handmade by a local potter.  He impresses them with leaves from his yard and the bottom has a beautiful lacy texture from his mother-in-law’s doilies.  The potter was a fascinating person to talk to and so kind – he invited my mom and I to his studio and gave us a brochure with class info.  A secret desire of mine has always been to make pottery, so that is very tempting.  We’ll see how long I can hold out on that one.  I really don’t need another hobby.  These two leaves will decorate my room.  My mom bought a green set.  Middle left are some more yarns from Deep Dyed Yarns.  She had a blue mini-skein set this time and I also procured a full skein of white, blue, grey, teal colors.  On the bottom left are three skeins from Knitting Notions.  The middle and right will definitely be combined for a shawl – I have several options for a pattern.  The orange skein on the left can’t decide if it wants to throw in her lot with the other two or stand alone on her own.  Decisions, decisions…  Bottom right are the two skeins from Twisted Fiber – the green/purple is called Wilderness.  The other skein is cream, yellow, pink, purple.  It instantly reminded me of an orchid (they are a current interest of mine) and I bought a pattern reminiscent of orchid petals.  And the skeins on the upper right are the spontaneous purchase.  I was in the booth (it was actually a trailer full of yarn!) looking around and my hands just sorted through skeins and pulled these matching ones out of a couple of bins.  It happened before I even knew what was going on.  And then there were these three fetching skeins ranging from brown to yellow to orange and pink.  Gasp..  They were made for the “Free your Fade” shawl that just released.

And that my friends will have to conclude the majority of yarn purchases for the year and will undoubtedly keep me busy for quite some time.  Next posting, I’ll show you the projects I’ve completed recently and yep, I’m ready to cast on some more.

Until then, have a happy weekend.

Blessings to you,

Sarah

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Gift #1092: Walking through time

Today I thought I’d share some photos from my favorite trail in Indiana.  This is always the first hike my mom and I do when we arrive at Spring Mill.  It’s a short jaunt down the hill from the lodge, a meander by the creek, a hop across the creek, and then a leisurely stroll down river takes you to the Wilson monument and the Hamer cave.

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Here’s a view across the lake.  It was placid when we hiked by that evening and birds were settling in for the night in the trees overhanging the lake.  You can see the stone bridge across the lake in the photo if you squint.

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This time of year the forest was rich in emerald hues and wildflowers still dotted the undergrowth, if you could spot them through the green.  We were fortunate enough to spy this jack-in-the-pulpit still in its prime.

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After trailing along the river bed for a while, the path takes you by the Wilson Monument.  This is one of the greatest treasures in the park.  The man who owned the property, George Donaldson, erected this as a  tribute to his fellow Scotsman and ornithologist, Alexander Wilson.

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It’s weathered and aged now and even in the years since we’ve been going to the park, I’ve noticed the details on the engraving are being lost to time.  But that, in its way, makes it even more beautiful.  In the Audubon exhibit at our art museum, we learned that Audubon met Wilson and had studied his work.  He did not hold the Scottish ornithologist in high regard though, claiming his artwork was superior and his observations keener.   I find that hard to believe as Wilson was a dedicated natural historian with a fine eye for detail and artistry in his illustrations.  We were able to see Audubon’s copy of Wilson’s ornithology volume at the exhibit, and this might have been my favorite exhibit.

Growing within the enclosure of the monument was this little beauty.

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Behind the monument, the creek flowed along lazily and mist was rising from the water.  It was hazy in the sunset and cool.  It felt like the centuries shifted in the breeze and flickered between our time and his.  In the twilight, shadows took form and the greens deepened, and I drank in the smell of ancient waters and moist soil and old wood.  I understood afresh the fierce love that indigenous peoples and settlers shared for this land and in that moment I felt I was one of them too.

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Blessings to you,

Sarah

 

 

 

 

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Gift #1091: May Art Bead Scene Challenge

May’s Art Bead Scene challenge was a piece by Picasso entitled “Bowl of Fruit, Violin, and Bottle” painted in 1914.

Picasso’s work has always seemed to me something of a “Where’s Waldo?” experience.  When I look at this, I see an untidy stack of papers and envelopes – nothing at all like what he had actually painted.  With some effort I can make out dissected parts of a violin.  I’ve yet to find the bowl of fruit or the bottle.  Anyone see the bottle??  The blog post introducing the work described the cubism of Picasso as a departure from a traditional depiction of an item in favor of a fractured image seen from different angles – somewhat like what you would see if you looked at an object via funhouse mirror sets.  It’s a creative idea, though my brain is not wired to accept and understand such manipulations.  I think his style is useful in provoking discussions about what is ultimately the purpose of art – the idea that the artist is trying to communicate, or how the audience chooses to interpret the art… and what happens when the two are divergent?  Is the artist’s conception or the audience’s perception more important?  I think the power of art is in driving these sorts of discussions.  It creates a conversation across time, an exchange of ideas that enlightens and broadens one’s experience.

Such were the thoughts running through my head as I grappled with how to interpret this artwork into jewelry.  I loved the color palette, but my initial ideas on subject matter were a bit vague as I tried to decide whether to design based on what I saw when I looked at the painting or what Picasso had in mind.  Then my favorite bead designer, Humblebeads, entered the picture with a whole passel of amazing beads she designed from the colors and textures of the painting.  I loved every single thing in this collection and purchased quite a few when they went up for sale.

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The conundrum quickly shifted to “which beads to design with first?” once I had received them.  I actually have 5 necklaces mocked up on my beading travel desk, but it was hard to choose which to work with first.  I hope to get to the others very soon as these beads are so beautiful – gorgeous colors and interesting textures.   Here’s the necklace that I made first.

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I paired the Humblebeads bird with a metal clay brass “faux bois” heart pendant I made earlier this spring in my metal clay class and a braided brass oval.  I used the oval as a toggle for the piece and fashioned the bar with a piece of brass wire hammered flat at the ends.  For the body of the necklace, I wire wrapped stone beads and oval links together in a repeating pattern.  I don’t recall what the beads are (probably some kind of jasper), but they are pink/burgundy/grey/black mottled stones that match the bird just perfectly.

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And here’s a closeup of the bird pendant.  Amazing!

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Humblebeads also made sets of earring charms and I ordered a pair that complemented the  colors of my bird to use for my earrings.  These are kept fairly simple since the charms themselves are a feast of layered colors and designs.  I added tiny brass hearts from my metal clay set and accented them with a Czech bead.

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I’m thrilled with this set and never imagined at the start of the month that I would have such a lovely set of artbeads to work with.  And now I’m off to work more on additional pieces!  This is the gift of art – from Picasso 100 years ago, through Heather Powers of Humblebeads, and then to me – we share a conspiracy of color, pattern, inspiration, and creative joy together.

Blessings to you,
Sarah

 

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Gift #1090: A Greener Shade of Green

I’ve always secretly been of the opinion that the Creation narrative in the book of Genesis in English has a slight omission.  I have it on pretty good authority that in the native Hebrew it reads, “And God saw all that He had made and it was very green and very good”.  If I had any doubts about green being God’s favorite color, they were dispelled this weekend.

I spent a few days at Spring Mill State Park where the whole park was saturated in green.  In fact, the very air shimmered green and I’m fairly certain that could we look closely enough, all the molecules were tinted green as well.  Every where you looked, curtains and fountains of green exploded from the earth.  It was like drowning in a sea of color, except that instead of it sucking life from your lungs, it poured life in.

To be in such an environment was so restorative and invigorating.  Despite some rainy weather,  there was still ample opportunity to hit the trails and my mom and I hiked the majority of every day.  I took lots of pictures and tried with all my might to absorb every bit of green that I could into my soul.  We all should be fortified with a bit more green in our hearts.

Blessings to you,

Sarah

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GIft #1089: Us

No, I have not disappeared from the face of the earth.  But I have been doing a fair bit of travelling and I’ll be off again on adventures this weekend.  The nights that I have spent at home have been busy and filled with creating (or trying to anyway!).  I have finished up several knitting projects and have been working on jewelry for the May Art Bead Scene Challenge.  But this past week, I was spending time with my brother’s family.  My parents and I went down to see everyone (it had been since Christmas) and on Mother’s day they had baby dedication at their church.   I got to play with my oldest nephew (who’ll be turning 4 soon) quite a bit – he loves to pretend and play with trains.  And he even remembered the game we played together over Christmas when we transformed the hammock into a pirate ship and set sail for hidden treasures!  And then a fair bit of time was spent cuddling and wrestling with their sheltie, whom I adore.  She’s such a sweet girl!  It was wonderful to be with them all again.  When we are there, my nephew likes to have each of us read him a bedtime story as part of his “goodnight routine”.  On the last night after we had finished reading books, he started his prayers with “Thank you God for us” and then listed our names.  My heart melted into a puddle.  What a sweet and profound thing to say!  Life gets awfully complicated and stressful sometimes, but a statement like that takes you right back to the heart of what’s important – the people we love that God has put in our lives.  I’m so very grateful to have a family that reflects the love of God where I feel welcomed and at home.  I know that not everyone has that gift in this broken world.  It is precious and worth fighting for.  Love is worth the sacrifices and the responsibilities, it’s worth the tears and struggle.  It’s worth renouncing “me” for “us”.  Sometimes I lose sight of that, but my nephew’s prayer of gratitude was a sweet illustration of the attitude of gratefulness I wish to have.

Thank you God, for Us.  Thank you for placing me in this family – for my parents, my brother and sister-in-law, my nephews, my grandparents… all of us.  Thank you for using my family to show me what your love is like.  May we always be close and full of love for each other and for You.

Blessings to you,

Sarah

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Gift #1088: April Art Bead Scene Challenge

Since we’ve wrapped up April, I thought now would be a good time to share the art bead scene challenge, especially before May takes off like a rocketship!  The weeks seem to fly by so fast!  April’s painting was of the hot, steamy desert and was a visual feast of color

Meet “Landscape with Peacocks” by Paul Gauguin.  While I’m certainly not an expert in the art of impressionism, I recognized this right away as being a Gauguin because an art museum in Cincinnati had just featured some of his Tahitian works in their quarterly publication – including this very one!  When I see it I’m overwhelmed by the riot of color.  From deep moody teals and blues to bright fiery red and orange – this painting has it all and the colors seamlessly bleed and flow into each other.  It’s quite mesmerizing.  The initial blog post on Art Bead Scene said that Gauguin made his artwork unique in using heavy outlines to delineate aspects of focus in his work.  I’m not sure if that’s very clear in this painting, but I think it shows his expert use of color to use deep tones to accentuate the lighter swathes of color and bring attention to the focal images.  My favorite bit is the top left with the multi-hued greens that remind me of rainforests.

I have quite a collection from my favorite bead artist, Humblebeads, and found several of her pieces that mirrored the colors in this painting.  In the end, I chose to go with a long bead, which is covered in deep green vines and bright orange florals and reminded me of a tropical jungle.  I strung the pendant with a variety of semiprecious stones which I had acquired on sale at the bead show this spring.  To give some weight and balance to the long bead, I added an orange-enameled leaf from Gardanne beads, a tiny bird, and a few tiny dark green agate rounds.  These are all nods to the foliage and subject matter in the painting.

I have a fondness for pairing up my beads with yarn and this gorgeous skein picked up the colors perfectly.  So here’s a more whimsical look at the necklace.  The yarn is called Tannenbaum.  Perfect name!

The earrings took a while to put together.  I knew I wanted to use more of the orange enameled leaves, but I didn’t know what to put with them to dress them up.  Then, Humblebeads posted one of her Bead Table Wednesday editions and it was on making beaded fringe on copper wire and hammering the ends.  I thought this was a great answer to how I could add some color with more beads without distracting from the leaf.  So I gave it a whirl and stacked green agate rounds with copper spaces on wire, hammered the ends, and voila – lovely dangles that could float behind the leaf and give a punch of color.  I’m very pleased with how they turned out.

The weather has yet to turn hot and steamy here, but I know it will all too soon.  And when it does, I’ll be ready with a tropical forest-inspired jewelry set.  Have a wonderful weekend everyone!

Blessings to you,

Sarah

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Gift #1087: Audubon’s Birds

I’ve been spending the evening trying to finish up a shawl.  I’m so close that it’s tantalizing and I thought with some dedicated work I could be binding off by tomorrow.  And that would mean I’ve finished two shawls and a cowl recently and would be allowed to start another project (and I have several vying for my interest).  And then I guess the shawl started to feel the vibes, because I got to the end of the row and was off.  I found the mistake, removed stitches, and worked it again… and it’s still off.  Yep, I get to remove at least 100 stitches, thereby effectively putting me about where I was last night at this time…  sigh…

So I decided it was time to blog to take my mind off the shawl problems.  I still have lots of Audubon photos to show from the exhibit and had been thinking about ways to organize them.  For today, I’d like to highlight several of my favorites that showcase nests.  Bird’s nests are among the most beautiful things on the planet.  They fall in somewhere between pumpkins and fern fronds.  Audubon’s work has always been appealing to me because of the natural way in which the birds are represented – on branches, in nests, rooted in their unique habitats.  I love the backgrounds almost even more than the birds.

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Imagine my surprise then, when we learned from the exhibit that Audubon himself did not paint the backgrounds!  He painted the birds and then left the backgrounds to assistants.  Joseph Mason traveled with Audubon for two years painting over 200 backgrounds.  50 were used in Audubon’s publication. However, Audubon did not credit his work at all and Mason left.  It was only because he signed his preparatory watercolors that we know of his involvement with The Birds of America.  Most of the prints shown are his work.  He was a supremely talented botanical painter – capturing the vegetation with acute scientific accuracy with the lush hand of an artist.  The texture is amazing and many of his tree trunks are rich with lichens and bark, creating myriad details of interest.   In later expeditions, Audubon turned to landscape artist George Lehman to paint the backgrounds.

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As I toured the exhibit, it was obvious that the paintings when through several stylistic shifts, which is no doubt due to the various background artists.  Most of the print signage did not credit the backgrounds, but stylistically I think that the Meadowlark matches with Lehman’s method of painting.  He tends to paint larger areas of the background, encasing the majority of the canvas with a scene.  The date Audubon attributes to the work corresponds with when Lehman was traveling with him.  I’ll share more of his background work in a later post.

Eastern Meadowlark

I think it’s a shame that Audubon did not appreciate the talents of his colleagues enough to recognize their contributions to his work.  Certainly they enhance the scientific rigor of his watercolors by providing a reference for the bird’s habitat, the structure of nest, and the preferred vegetation types of each bird.  And they beautifully showcase the birds with complementary colors and detail.  I’m grateful that the exhibit took the effort to bring to light these talented artists who lived in the shadow of Audubon and helped create these masterpieces.

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Blessings to you,

Sarah

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Gift #1086: Earth Day with Audubon

We are blessed beyond measure with a wonderful art museum nearby and I’ve spent many, many happy weekends enjoying the special exhibits, the permanent collections, and the gardens.  Much to my delight, a gallery featuring the work of Audubon recently opened and will keep us company through the end of July.  My mom and I were able to visit the exhibit for the first time today.  And how appropriate it was that today is also Earth Day.  I could think of no better way to celebrate than by delighting in the exquisite art of Audubon,  one of our nation’s greatest natural historians.  The exhibit focused on his Birds of America portfolio and was organized according to the expeditions he took to paint the birds of each region of the eastern US.  Audubon spent over a decade painting the 435 prints that form his magnum opus.

We spent the day learning the processes involved in painting the watercolors, creating the prints, and publishing.  We marveled at the expert artistic technique mingled with an acute observation and understanding of the natural world that birthed these masterpieces.  And above all, we gained a deeper appreciation of the diversity and beauty God displayed when He gifted the world with birds.  We left the exhibit sobered by the knowledge that many of these beautiful birds have suffered overhunting, habitat loss, and extirpation at the hands of men.  Even in his own lifetime Audubon witnessed wholesale slaughter and decimation of once plentiful birds.  He worked to establish protection of birds in their nesting grounds and sought to limit habitat destruction.  Six of the birds that Audubon painted are now extinct and many others are now endangered.

North America’s only indigenous parakeet – the Carolina Parakeet was found throughout eastern US.  Audubon pictured them here consuming a cockle-bur plant.  He orients the birds in such a way as to show off their brilliant plumage.  Their brightly colored feathers made them a desired element for ladies’ hats and their propensity to eat anything they could light on made them a mortal enemy of local farmers.

The Passenger Pigeon was one of the most abundant birds in North America.  In Audubon’s lifetime, their numbers were estimated at over 3 billion.  Audubon writes of traveling in the company of great crowds of pigeons:  for three days so many birds flew with them that they clouded the sun.  At one point he counted flocks as they spun in the sky and numbered 163 within just 21 minutes.  He records the large numbers of settlers that lined the banks of the river and felled the birds by the hundreds and thousands with guns.   60 years after Audubon’s death, the pigeon’s would be extinct, along with the Carolina parakeet.  The last free-ranging individuals were seen in the early 1900s and the final representatives of their species died in captivity around 1914 (both were housed at the Cincinnati Zoo).

Others, like the Pinnated Grous, were already noticeably declining in Audubon’s time.  He mentions of this bird that they had already abandoned his home state of Kentucky and were removing ever further west.  In their case they were vanquished not by guns, but by habitat alteration and destruction.  Today the species is restricted to isolated remnants of the tall-grass prairies in the Great Plains and is listed as vulnerable and threatened.

Seeing these birds captured in watercolor from nearly 200 years ago served as a grave reminder that we are charged with protecting and caring for creation.  Each of these creatures is a unique and priceless gift given life by God.  It is our sacred duty to love and care for them as He does.

“If I were cruel I would tell you of a million wonders that you will never get to see and never get to touch.  Fascinating, beautiful creatures from all over the world that will never delight, amuse, or astonish you.   Extraordinary lives of dazzling complexity that will never take your breath away…

because we have already taken theirs.” – Priceless 

Let us shelter and cherish what remains.

Blessings to you,

Sarah

 

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Gift #1085: A New Covenant

This past week we’ve looked at the covenants that God has made with his people throughout history and have seen how God used these covenants to draw people into relationship with Him, reveal His character, and demonstrate His faithful love.  Each of the covenants God made was a picture meant to illustrate His unfolding plan of redemption.  Because of sin, God’s people could never fully keep or enjoy the benefits of close communion that God’s covenant offered.  And so woven throughout the history of Old Testament, we see God referring to a New Covenant which will fulfill all the commitments of the Old.

“The days are coming,” declares the Lord,
    “when I will make a new covenant
with the people of Israel
    and with the people of Judah.
 It will not be like the covenant
    I made with their ancestors…
because they broke my covenant,
 “This is the covenant I will make with the people of Israel
    after that time,” declares the Lord.
“I will put my law in their minds
    and write it on their hearts.
I will be their God,
    and they will be my people…
They will all know me,
    from the least of them to the greatest,”
declares the Lord.
“For I will forgive their wickedness
    and will remember their sins no more.”  Jer 31:31-34

On the night that Jesus was betrayed to death, He ate a last meal with His disciples and referred to His blood as the New Covenant which would be poured out for the forgiveness of sin.  God Himself in the form of man, was now the covenant.  All the covenants of the Old Testament looked forward to Him.  God – the Giver, the Keeper, the Fulfillment, the Spoken Word of the Covenant.   He is the Promiser and the Promised One.

The song I’ve picked to celebrate Easter this year illustrates this truth beautifully.

You and me we use so very many clumsy words.
The noise of what we often say is not worth being heard.
When the Father’s Wisdom wanted to communicate His love,
He spoke it in one final perfect Word.

He spoke the Incarnation and then so was born the Son.
His final word was Jesus, He needed no other one.
Spoke flesh and blood so He could bleed and make a way Divine.
And so was born the baby who would die to make it mine.

And so the Father’s fondest thought took on flesh and bone.
He spoke the living luminous Word, at once His will was done.
And so the transformation that in man had been unheard
Took place in God the Father as He spoke that final Word.

He spoke the Incarnation and then so was born the Son.
His final word was Jesus, He needed no other one.
Spoke flesh and blood so He could bleed and make a way Divine.
And so was born the baby who would die to make it mine.

And so the Light became alive
And manna became Man.
Eternity stepped into time
So we could understand.

He spoke the Incarnation and then so was born the Son.
His final word was Jesus, He needed no other one.
Spoke flesh and blood so He could bleed and make a way Divine.
And so was born the baby who would die to make it mine.

Happy Easter!! The One who was born to carry our sin, secure our redemption, and achieve peace with God has fulfilled the Covenant and He lives to call us His own.

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Blessings to you,

Sarah

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GIft #1084: Covenant with David

After the people of Israel had resettled back in their homeland and prospered, they looked for a king to lead and unite them.  God chose a young shepherd boy by the name of David to guide His people.  It would be many years of waiting and maturing for David between the initial promise of a kingdom and its fulfillment.  Once David’s throne was established and the nation made secure, he wanted to build a permanent temple for God’s presence to dwell because they were still using the tabernacle from the nation’s early days in the wilderness.  This is response God sent to David.

This is what the Lord Almighty says: I took you from the pasture, from tending the flock, and appointed you ruler over my people Israel. I have been with you wherever you have gone, and I have cut off all your enemies from before you. Now I will make your name great, like the names of the greatest men on earth. 10 And I will provide a place for my people Israel and will plant them so that they can have a home of their own and no longer be disturbed. Wicked people will not oppress them anymore, as they did at the beginning 11 and have done ever since the time I appointed leaders[a] over my people Israel. I will also give you rest from all your enemies.

“‘The Lord declares to you that the Lord himself will establish a house for you: 12 When your days are over and you rest with your ancestors, I will raise up your offspring to succeed you, your own flesh and blood, and I will establish his kingdom…  Your house and your kingdom will endure forever before me[b]; your throne will be established forever.’” 2 Sam 7:8-12, 16

This is one of my favorite of the covenants because it so clearly shows the character of God.  He begins by reminding David of His presence in the past and His faithfulness in keeping His promises.  God tells David He will continue to provide by establishing his reputation and giving the nation peace.  Here’s what I find fascinating: remember David is asking God for permission to build God a house.  God responds by saying He will build a house and legacy for David.  And then He goes on to promise David that his lineage and rule will last forever – He promises eternal kingship to David’s line.  The generosity and kindness of God is overwhelming.  David sought to honor God by giving Him a home, but what God promises instead is that He will come to His people through David.

Jesus is the descendant of David whose throne will be eternal.  Many prophecies in the Old Testament refer to the King from David’s line who will rule in righteousness and peace.

In those days and at that time
    I will make a righteous Branch sprout from David’s line;
    he will do what is just and right in the land.
In those days Judah will be saved
    and Jerusalem will live in safety.
This is the name by which it will be called:
    The Lord Our Righteous Savior.’ Jer 33:15-16

In his earthly ministry, Jesus ushered in the Kingdom of God, fulfilling all the signs associated with kingship foretold by the prophets.  He healed diseases, gave sight to the blind, encouraged the oppressed, raised the dead to life, freed captives, and stirred hearts towards repentance.  The domain of Christ’s kingdom is found in the hearts and souls of all those who follow after Him and have accepted His salvation.  But the prophets also speak of the day coming when His kingdom will be a physical reality on earth.  In that day, God will wipe away the curse of sin and all will be perfect and restored.  We’re told that peace and justice will be the scepter by which Christ will reign over the redeemed and perfected earth.

He raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms,  far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every name that is invoked, not only in the present age but also in the one to come.  And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church,  which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way. Eph 1:20-23

Blessings to you,

Sarah

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