Journey through Advent day 5

Advent day 5

Romans 5:12The Message (MSG)

The Death-Dealing Sin, the Life-Giving Gift

12-14 You know the story of how Adam landed us in the dilemma we’re in—first sin, then death, and no one exempt from either sin or death. That sin disturbed relations with God in everything and everyone, but the extent of the disturbance was not clear until God spelled it out in detail to Moses. So death, this huge abyss separating us from God, dominated the landscape from Adam to Moses. Even those who didn’t sin precisely as Adam did by disobeying a specific command of God still had to experience this termination of life, this separation from God. But Adam, who got us into this, also points ahead to the One who will get us out of it.

It is hard to believe that one little bite of fruit could cause such damage!  However that is how SIN works.  Humans didn’t understand what Adam had gotten us into until God gave Moses the law.  The law gives us instruction on what it means to be in a proper relationship with our Creator and our neighbors.   God points out through Moses that relationship is paramount to Him and if there is broken relationship there is SIN.

God had a plan and that is what advent is all about.  Walking through the darkness waiting on Gods perfect plan.   Just as the world waited for Jesus to be born and begin the revolution that will ultimately be culminated with the return of Jesus and his reign.  Until that day we wait and we HOPE because all because of a baby born in a manger……

Are there any broken relationships in your life?    I can’t think of a more perfect time to work on reconciliation than this Advent season.  I encourage to reach out and start bridging those gaps today. I couldn’t think of a better gift for God this Christmas than a mended relationship.

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Journey through Advent Day 3…

Advent journey day 3 

John 1:9-12 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world.[a]

10 He was in the world, and the world came into being through him; yet the world did not know him. 11 He came to what was his own,[b] and his own people did not accept him. 12 But to all who received him, who believed in his name, he gave power to become children of God

Today I am reminded that I am only a traveler here on earth.   We all begin our journey in darkness and don’t truly know who our creator.is or that He wants to have a relationship with us.  I remember the first time I experienced the LIGHT of Jesus.  I was ten years old,  It was an overwhelming experience to embrace Christs unconditional love and become aware that I am a “Child of God”.

If during this advent season we say we retelling or reliving the story of how dark the world was before Christ.   It should also should remind us what our lives were like when we too were living in darkness.

When I was young I couldn’t begin to understand what verse 12 ment. ” But to all who have received Him, who have believed in His name, He gave POWER to become children of God.”  My favorite Spider man quote “With great power comes great responsibility”.  I am reminded that because I am a Child Of God I too have a responsibility to be a light to the darkness that surrounds our world: To bring hope not despair, generosity instead of stinginess, offer forgiveness instead of hate, and peace instead of violence! 

I hope as you travel through this advent season that you will truly embrace what it means to be called a Child of God…

Lady in Green

Lady in green Continuing to practice what I learned from Dina Wakley.  When I took her online class she mentioned an artist by the name of Tina Berning and a book she did titled “100 women on Cheap Paper”. after looking Tina Up I was inspired me to look for something unusual to draw on.   I found these old Scan Tron ballot sheets in my office that were used a couple of years ago and decided to do a series of faces on them.  I always had test anxiety when we had to take test in school so some of them will reflect that.  I drew about 25 faces in one evening and I am now in the process of going back and collaging them in a book.    I continue to use Dina Wakley’s paint and even one of her masks in this collage.   I also used a Tim Holtz stamp for the phrase that is at the bottom.  Hope you enjoy.