30 November 2014

First Sunday in Advent 2014

First Advent - Holiness

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On this first Sunday in Advent, we light the first candle in preparation of the coming of the Christ Child.  This candle often symbolizes Hope, Anticipation or Expectation. Thus begins our journey through the Christmas season to prepare our hearts to accept and acknowledge Jesus as the Son of God, come to earth to save us from our sinful nature and to develop a personal relationship with each one of us.  It also reminds us of the hope, anticipation and expectation we have in the coming return of Jesus.   

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As I considered what themes I wanted to use in my Advent meditations this year, the word that kept coming up was Holiness and how God is holy.  Webster's defines something holy as being "set apart"; sacred; as something commanding absolute adoration and reverence; meriting veneration or awe; and as being spiritually pure.  

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Too often in this day and age, we treat God as someone who is "buddy-buddy" with us.  We have brought him down to our level, when in reality, we should fall at his feet in humility and lowliness.  We live in a culture that believe that we are all "special" that we each are worthy and deserving, that we should have it all.  If we are "all that", then why would we need God in our lives?  Our prayers reflect our selfishness and we expect to receive what we ask for, be it money, health, prestige or some other selfish request.   

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When we view God as no more than a vendor or provider of our desires, then we no longer view him as Holy but instead have turned him into a lowly merchant, a Santa Claus if you will, whom we provide with a list and expect to get what we want in return for a plate of milk and cookies.  

Is it any wonder that as the world watches those of us who are believers in Christ turn mercenary, that they no longer respect the God in whom we believe?  That even as believers, we have lost sight of the power and omnipotence of of God the Almighty?  

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During this Holiday season, I encourage you to remember and to share with others, the holiness of God. 

Holy, Holy, Holy, is the Lord God Almighty,
who was and is and is to come!
Revelation 4:8b

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Worthy are you, our Lord and God,
to receive glory and honor and power,
for you created all things, 
and by your will they existed and were created. 
Revelation 4:11

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Blessed be his glorious name for ever;
may his glory fill the whole earth! Amen and Amen!
Psalm 72:19

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Holy, Holy, Holy

Holy, Holy, Holy! Lord God Almighty!
Early in the morning our song shall rise to Thee;
Holy Holy, Holy!  Merciful and Mighty!
God in three persons, blessed Trinity!

Holy, Holy, Holy! All the saints adore Thee,
Casting down their golden crowns around the glassy sea;
Cherubim and seraphim falling down before Thee,
Who wert and art, and evermore shalt be.

Holy, Holy, Holy! Though the darkness hid Thee,
Though the eye of sinful man They glory may not see,
Only Thou art holy; there is none beside Thee
Perfect in power, in love, and purity.


Holy, Holy, Holy! Lord God Almighty!
All Thy works shall praise They Name, in earth and sky and sea;
Holy Holy, Holy!  Merciful and Mighty!
God in three persons, blessed Trinity!
Words by Reginal Heber, melody by John B. Dykes


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Throughout the Advent season, I will be having a small give-away each week in celebration of Christmas, when God, the great giver, gifted us with the most precious gift, the gift of his Son in order that we might be made holy in God's sight and enter his presence.   

My small gift pales in comparison, but I pray it will bring blessings upon whoever receives it.  Please leave a comment that includes your name and/or e-mail address before midnight, mountain standard time on Saturday, December 6, 2014 to be entered.  

This week's gift is the pincushion featured in the photos above.  It is created using wide mouth canning jar lids as a base, making it 3 1/2" in diameter and 2" tall.  It is my hope to create one for each week of Advent, God willing!  There will be a new drawing each week.  A number will be assigned to each comment and a random number generator will be used to choose the winner. The winner will be announced with each Sunday's Advent meditation and mailed the following week.    Best Wishes! 

31 comments:

msmo said...

Hi Lisa, Your pincushion looks wonderful!! I hope you have a joy filled Advent! Maire

UrbanFrog said...

Hi Lisa. As always your work is gorgeous! If I am lucky enough to win the draw for one of your wonderful pincushions, let me know the postage cost, and I will cover it. Posting to NZ is expensive, and I am more than happy to cover it to have one of your little pieces of art over here :)

dwilee said...

It is with great anticipation that I send this comment. The birth of the Christ Child is a story I love to hear every Christmas. The pincushion would just be a blessing to win.
donnaabrams99@yahoo.com

Willa said...

The pin cushion is beautiful as are your words shared so graciously here and always. Your posts carve out a moment of calm and peace. Always.

Connie Eyberg Originals said...

Lisa, that was just beautiful. We all can use a reminder of the reason for the season. Your pin cushion is lovely.

Connie Eyberg Originals said...

Lisa, that was just beautiful. We all can use a reminder of the reason for the season. Your pin cushion is lovely.

Lorraine said...

Always enjoy visiting to see what you are creating and to hear about your life. Beautiful photos and stitching.

Anonymous said...

What a beautiful blog post about the holiness of God. I would love to win the pincushion, but mostly I want to say thank you for your blog, which I have enjoyed for several years.

Jenni Godley
Alberta, Canada

gocrazywithme said...

A beautiful post, Lisa. I haven't heard Holy Holy Holy for a long time; it took me back to the protestant church I grew up in. I don't remember ever hearing it at the Catholic church I belong to now. Wonder why that is. I was able to sing it to myself passably well with the help of your lyrics. Thanks for that memory!

Claudia said...

Peace to you Lisa during this Holy time. Claudia


Mamacessories said...

Hello Lisa, What a wonderful post, thank you for sharing this with us. We lit our first candle this Saturday and I felt such joy knowing that my son who is 8 has a good understanding this year of why we celebrate this season and what it is truly about. Your pin cushion is very beautiful and will be treasured by whomever is lucky enough to win it Thank you and God Bless you.
Maria

traderslostart said...

It is so good to hear someone remind all of us the reason we celebrate Christmas.
I am so tired of the commercialism that has become the reason for the season, when in reality it is the birth of Christ that we celebrate.
I have said it many, many times. Lisa your work is fabulous, your pincushions are just beautiful. Whoever is lucky enough to win one will indeed be blessed to own one.
Hugs,
Sondra

Sherry said...

Lisa, your words and your work are both lovely and inspiring! I enjoy your blog so much and look forward to every post and picture. I'm wishing you every blessing during this Christmas season!

Sherry in Little Rock

zooperson said...

The reason for the season. Well said. Beautiful work

FlowerLady Lorraine said...

Dear Lisa ~ what a beautiful, honoring post to our great God, Jesus.

Your little pincushion is just another one of your beautiful creations.

Have a peace, joy and love filled Christmas holiday season.

FlowerLady

QuiltingFitzy said...

A canning jar lid...FABULOUS! Have a wonderful holiday season, and thank you for your generosity.

Sew Crazy For You said...

Lisa,
not only a beautiful pincushion, but wonderful words and thoughts. You are so right, we expect God to just give us every whim...sometimes, all I can do is just say I Love You, Lord..without expecting anything else...thanks...

Joanne said...

Thank you for an inspiring message today. As we watch the shopping frenzy on TV we shake our heads and wonder what has Christmas come to mean? I wonder what would happen if all us consumers took a huge breath, and said no more...would the world change, would we change, would we be the beginning of change for others. What we believe is our own personal journey, but that journey doesn't have to be about following the crowd...today it can be about leading in a new way. Thank you so much for this wonderful reminder of how a single child could change the world. Blessings, Joanne

Tina Marie the Willow Witch said...

Really nice post and message. Your photography is fantastic, I just love the photos in this post.

amfuller said...

A beautiful reflection, a beautiful challenge to share, and a beautiful pincushion.

Marilyn Guido said...

Hi Lisa- Thanks for the great post. What a blessing it would be to have a small piece of your work. And I'd love to get your Christmas devotions book when it's ready!

Magpie's Mumblings said...

What a wonderful reminder of the real reason for this season! You have written some very wise words in your post, and shared some beautiful photos too. Thank you for the reminder that we need to hear more often.

FredaB said...

Dear Lisa

What a wonderful post and oh so inspiring.

Your pictures of the birds are delightful.

Hugs
FredaB

Cathy Kizerian said...

What a lovely post to start the season. I love the hymn "Holy, Holy, Holy"; we used to sing it in Job's Daughters (a Masonic organization for girls) at the close of every meeting. Looking forward to more of your inspiring posts. Xxx

Jeannette said...

Lisa, I love your pincushion and find your blog very inspiring.

Lesley UK said...

What an inspiring blog. Very thought provoking. //////////////////such a lovely pincushion, too! Blessings
technoturt@yahoo.com

NickiLee said...

Thank you Lisa for sharing such a beautiful and thought provoking story. I wish you and your family a beautiful season of joy and happiness. I've always admired every stitch you make - pure magic.

suz said...

thank you for sharing your Advent thoughts - I've printed this out to read and ponder each night as I light my Advent calendar.

Anonymous said...

Dear Lisa,
After reading your post I remembered the main reason I subscribed to your blog on bloglovin... It's the love you have for God and how open you are to share it. It gives me courage to do the same. God bless you and the beautiful work you do and share with all of us. Happy Advent to you and may you enjoy the anticipation of the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Peace and Love,
Elaine Kester Rentz

Jenine Lantz said...

Love following your blog and the seeing your work. You are inspirational!

Suzanne Kistler said...

Lisa, your comments are right on. This week I, too, have been reminded of the Holiness of God. The thing that prompted my meditations was a "nativity ducks" set at Hobby Lobby. It horrified and appalled me, and I wondered how is it that we have come to this? The Babe in the manger transformed by this world to a rubber duck. It defies everything the Bible teaches.

Thank you for your thoughtful words. I pop by your blog regularly, and am always blessed. Your year of pincushions has been additional inspiration.

Thank you for spending time with us!

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