The Greatest Love Letter

I remember the excitement I felt as a young child when Valentine’s Day drew near. I chose my cards carefully, especially the one I was going to give to the boy I admired most. It had to be funny, not sentimental, and not mean-funny either. When all the valentines were passed out, I would secretly watch to see his reaction to my card. Love was an embarrassment and a mystery to me. I was just learning to love.

 
The Bible is full of many kinds of love stories. There is love of wife or husband, love of best friends, and the love of parents. Some stories are noble as the story of the love between Ruth and her mother-in-law, Naomi, or of David and his friend, Jonathan. Some of the stories are examples of the wrong kind of love, like the love that King David had for Bathsheba which led to the murder of her husband. There is the story of betrayed love as in Samson and Delilah. Other stories are of love-gone-wrong: Jacob worked seven years to win Laban’s daughter, Rachel and was tricked into marrying her older sister, Leah. There is also the tragic tale of unrequited love between the prophet Hosea and the prostitute, Gomer.

 
“Love makes the world go round” according to the popular song, and it would seem so when you consider the plethora of poems and songs written about it. Even in the Bible, there is the passionate “Song of Solomon”. Then there are psalms, songs of love and devotion of a different kind – the love of God.

 
The entire Bible, both Old and New Testaments, is a book about the great eternal love of God for humankind – regardless of how fickle, how unreliable, how unworthy and how uninterested the object of adoration might be. The Bible is a love letter from Genesis to Revelation, a love letter often ignored, slandered, left unopened, sometimes even ending up in a garage sale or dumpster.

 
Where do you keep the love letters from your spouse or sweetheart that you cherish? Close at hand I expect, probably in a special box or a locked drawer of your bureau or in your night table. Don’t you take those letters out from time to time to read them and remind yourself f that special person’s feelings and promises? How would you feel if your letters to that love were never opened, not cherished and possibly tossed away? It would likely break your heart- you would be devastated.

 
Yet, maybe the Bible lies on the coffee table or in the bookcase, beautifully bound, perhaps with colourful pictures, and not even the first page is creased. Or is the cover tattered and the pages almost falling out, underlined, highlighted , written in and dog-eared. Such a book is well-read, well-loved and even memorized. It might look in poor shape, but its contents, its words are treasured. Those words tell of a love so true it has no precedent and no end, even if it is continuously rejected.

 
Paul’s description of true love to the church in Corinth aptly describes God’s love for us.
“Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails…and now abide faith, hope and love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.”

 
All these aspects of God’s love for humankind – his creation- are demonstrated over and over again in the Bible, from the Garden of Eden to the visions of Revelation. One need look no further than John 3:16 for the greatest proof of God’s desire to woo us and win our devotion.

 
“For God so loved the world that He gave his only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.”
Love like that deserves to be treasured. Words like that should be memorized. The Bible is a love letter that deserves our passionate and devoted response.

 

hands on Bible

Play Food Pizza Etc.

I’ve been playing with felt again.  This time I made a felt pizza that my grandson can take apart to serve or put on the platter together to bake.  This play pizza is stuffed with fill and is covered with tomatoes, olives, pepperoni pieces, green pepper and mushrooms.  It attaches to the plastic platter (Dollar Store) with velcro.  At first I tried to sew on the fuzzy part of the velcro to the pizza, but after two broken needles, I realized that I only needed the toothy part attached to the platter as the felt just naturally attached to it.  So here it is:felt pizza

Then I decided to make three hotdogs and buns for more fun food.  The hot dogs were easy – just three tubes of brown felt.  I decided to add the toppings before sewing, so while I completed the pizza, I called upon my sous-chef (my 10 year old granddaughter) to cut out the mustard, catsup and relish which she did with great skill.  I sewed them on and when I sewed up the seams, she stuffed them.   The buns were a bit more of a challenge, but in the end I think they looked enough like bun to please my grandson (he’s two).

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Next I made eggs and bacon strips.  I think they look convincing.

Felt Bacon and eggs

These felt foods were intended for my grandson’s 2nd birthday present and he was very pleased with them.  I think he will like cooking them on his felt play oven.  Oh, I do love felt.  My sous-chef approved also.  Thank you, Kaytlyn.

Homestyle Millinery

My good friend, Dymoon, gave me a huge bag of reclaimed material for crafts.  I was going through it one day and discovered a large piece of woollen houndstooth check and had an inspiration.  I started out only to sew an infinity scarf, but soon the project grew into a scarf, hat and clutch purse.  Here are the results.  I have worn the hat and scarf, but I am anticipating using the purse soon also.  The hat is quite warm as I stiffened the crown with a thick felted material.  It is the first time I have made this kind of hat and my very first purse, so I am happy with the results.

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The hat consists of a large circle (slightly larger than a dinner plate) gathered into a band (my head size).  As I mentioned I stiffened the crown with a inner lining of felt.  Then I added a bow to the hat band.

 

hat-and-infinity-scarf

To make the purse I cut out a long rectangle of material, interlined  it with more felt, made a cotton lining and turned the cotton lining right side out so that the seams were inside.  Then I folded one end up part way and the other end down to partially cover it.  It made an envelope.  I finished off the raw ends of the purse flap by turning it inward slightly and blind stitching it.  I then sewed on velcro for a closing and added a bow.  I made a smaller envelope out of the houndstooth material to hold makeup etc. inside the purse.

purse

I enjoyed the process of designing and constructing the three items.  I hope my description is clear.

Being Salt and Light

Salt and Light

Words © 2013 by Mollie Pearce McKibbon
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Salt and light our Saviour calls us,
Salt and light so we must be,
Sharing hope and truth with others
With our love and empathy.

Salt and light our Saviour named us,
Pure and honest we must be,
oil-lamp-from-ancient-timesConsecrate our days to Jesus
So God’s kingdom we will see.

Salt and light we must be bearing,
Pain and hatred to confound.
It’s God’s love that we are sharing;
Spread it gently all around.

Mirrors and Windows

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This is the painting that I put on my parents’ hall mirror the Christmas that I was 18.   I loved the way the light seemed to shine through the painting, so each year at Christmas I would put a new painting on the hall mirror as part of our Christmas decorations.  When my husband and I moved into our apartment I put a Christmas scene  on our front window and later, when we moved into the country and became youth leaders, I enlisted the help of the youth group to decorate all the windows in our little country church.  The paintings could be seen from the inside and the outside.  They really looked nice when the church was lit up at night.  Eventually, the windows of that church needed to be replaced and so I was asked to draw up designs for each window.  I chose the familiar themes of the Ten Commandments, Alpha and Omega, The Burning Bush, The Lord’s Supper, and the Open Bible.  We took the designs to a stained glass window artist and he had them re- drawn to accommodate the requirements of his craft.  The windows were each sponsored by different church families and we had a special church service to dedicate them.  Although we no longer attend the church as my husband and I are pastors in another , it thrills me to see the windows each time I pass the church.  It is such a pleasure to use my gifts to praise God.

I was thinking of this today, and it occurred to me that we as the people of God are asked to reflect the glory of God in all our being.  I think that we can either be mirrors or windows in life.  The limitation of a mirror is that mainly the reflection we see is our own.  Windows, on the other hand, show what is on the inside and through them we can see the world.  We need to be windows to show the love of God that dwells within us to the world.  In order to be windows, we need to make sure that what is inside us is clean , healthy, and true.

“For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord.  Live as children of light (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth)and find out what pleases the Lord. ”  (Ephesians 5: 8-10 NIV)

 

 

 

 

A Hymn of God’s Promises

Song of Wonder
© 2017 Mollie Pearce McKibbon

1.
Zechariah longed for a son,gabriel-comes-to-mary
Old, he thought, all hope was gone.
When God surprises , hope arises
And heavenly will is done.

Chorus:
O sing of wonder, sing of light!
Angels sing in pure delight.
God’s devices all suffices
Banishing darkest night.

2.
Mary had no thought of all
God’s good graces on her to fall.
Gabriel found her to astound her
Telling of God’s great call.

Chorus

3.
All night Joseph tossed and turned,
Stunned by all that he had learned.
Should he marry or be wary,
Should Mary’s love be spurned?

Chorus

4.
Herod was only king in name.
All he sought was gold and fame.
Though so clever, he would never
Destroy what God had ordained.

Chorus

5.
Never think your day is done
Or say a battle cannot be won.
When God surprises, hope arises
And Holy Spirit will come.

Chorus

Knitting for Christmas

I wanted to make some small knitted items for my granddaughters, so I made scarves, toques and purses for their dolls.  Here they are:

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I just did straight knitting stitches using two colours of yarn. I put some cute animal buttons on the purse flap with an elastic loop to fasten it and I slipped a loonie (dollar coin) inside the purses.  Each set took about two hours to make.