Creating the artful elf video was a little easier this time. The technical problems overcome by using my iPad camera (having cleaned it up of excess files to give sufficient memory) and software that’s slow, but it gets the job done. I speeded up the colouring in and said a few words over it, which I have typed below.
I chose the theme of Faith, Hope and Love after reading a reflection posted on our church Facebook page by Sue. It got me thinking about Faith:
FAITH in God and in people. We can lose faith in people when they let us down, or when we see evil at work in the world. EG, Remembering the wars, as we have just done can put faith in God and faith in people to the test.
Sue wrote about Eddie, a Holocaust survivor, who is his twenties was interned at Auschwitz and did not expect to live another day yet lived to be 100
He said: ‘I have seen the very worst in mankind, the horrors of the death camps, the Nazi efforts to exterminate my life, and the lives of all my people. But now I consider myself the happiest man on Earth. Through all my years I have learnt this: life can be beautiful if you make it beautiful … Happiness is something we can choose. It is up to you.’
Eddies message of life involves three H’s. Hope, Health and Happiness.
HOPE – hope is the assurance of things we do not see – but know will happen. Like the hope we have in God to always be with us even when things look bleak.
When talking about faith we also need to remember, that God is faithful – he keeps his promises to us, even when we don’t keep ours. Also, he has faith in us. God believes in us – not believe as in yes he thinks we exist but believes in us that he trusts us to continue his work in the world of showing love.
LOVE – We need to remember God’s love for us – our love for God – our love for each other.
Sue also mentioned a famous monk from many centuries ago, Brother Lawrence. He also had a three point formula for life, he suggests that Hope makes many things possible when coupled with Faith and Love. He wrote…
‘ Many things are possible for the person who has hope. Even more is possible for the person who has faith. And still more is possible for the person who knows how to love. But everything is possible for the person who practices all three virtues.’
An Irish Blessing
May flowers always line your path and sunshine light your day.
May song birds serenade you every step along of the way.
May a rainbow run beside you in a sky that’s always blue.
And may happiness fill your heart each day your whole life through.
I am posting this on Sunday having just returned from church. It was strange celebrating Holy Communion with no congregation. There was Garry (my curate) on the audio-visual desk and Terry (my husband) leading some of the service and preaching. Terry reminded us that our image of God is important. He isn’t a big bully in the sky waiting to jump on us, but a faithful loving God who wants to be generous to us. He wants us to work with him in furthering his Kingdom. I hope that my artistic efforts do grow some fruit for God’s kingdom. I may just be sowing seeds, but my prayer is that they germinate and grow.
I am grateful to Julie Erin Designs for the templates I used. They certainly made my life easier. Here they are along with the outline of mine ready to colour in.