21 December 2014

Fourth Sunday in Advent - 2014

Love, Light and Life
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Today on this, the fourth Sunday in Advent ~ the Sunday of Love, or Revelation, of Fulfillment or of Birthing, we light the fourth candle.  The light grows and overcomes darkness on this winter solstice, the shortest day and longest night of the year. 

We live in dark times, when stories of despicable events fill the news and horrors are shared in our social media and evil things fill our minds and hearts with anxiety and fear.  As we watch the world around us descend into darkness, we are reminded at Christmas that Jesus the Christ comes, a gift of love bringing light and life to all who receive him.  

For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16

In him was life, and the life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.  John 1:4,5

Again Jesus spoke to them saying, "I am the light of the world; he who follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life." John 8:12    

Jesus said to her, 'I am the resurrection and the life.  The one who believes in me will live, even though they die.  John 11:25

I have come into the world as a light, so that no one who believes in me should stay in darkness.  John 12:46

I have said to you, that in me, you may have peace.  In the world you have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world."  John 16:33

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The winner of the Third Advent pincushion is
Melody!
Melody, please e-mail me (My e-mail address can be found in the column on the right just below the Google Badge) your full name and mailing address so that I may mail the pincushion to you!  

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To enter the drawing for the Fourth Advent pincushion, leave one comment on this post before midnight on Christmas Eve, mountain standard time.  I will then number the entries, removing comments from those who have won previously as well as multiple entries from the same person.  A random number generator will be used to choose the winner and a runner up in event that the winner does not respond in a timely manner (1 week) with their mailing information.  The winner will be announced on Christmas Day! 

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For this last Advent pincushion, I had no particular theme in mind, but simply stitched as inspired in my favorite combination of green and white.

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Wishing you and all of yours, a Blessed and Joyful Christmas! 


43 comments:

Magpie's Mumblings said...

Definitely words to live by - thank you for the remind of the whole reason for the season.

Ingrid Lee said...

I love the colours of this design, especially the blend of greens against the silver. Just lovely...Merry Christmas, and blessings for this week of advent.

Mertie said...

I Definately have to make one of those lovely pin cushions myself! Yours are lovely!

Judy coggins said...

Lisa, thank you so much for the comforting words... The pin cushion is just lovely...

xoxo, dear friend.

Judy

Shawn Leonard said...

This is comforting to me. I live " in the woods" and it so reminds of where I am. Beautiful work ! ☼ and cardinals :)

LoriF said...

A beautiful colour combination, and a beautiful pincushion. I'd love to own it! :-)

crazed said...

These pin cushions are beautiful. Earlier this year I received my nigh ore button collection which was already sorted into jars. I intend to crazy quilt the lids and your pin cushions are just the right ideas!

crazed said...

These pin cushions are beautiful. Earlier this year I received my nigh ore button collection which was already sorted into jars. I intend to crazy quilt the lids and your pin cushions are just the right ideas!

Kathy Purkiss said...

Simply beautiful! All of it!

traderslostart said...

Thank you for sharing your words about Christ, and sharing all the beauty you create.

I am sitting here watching the "Sound of Music", one of my all time favorites.

I love your work, but then I know I have said that many times, but your work brings so much joy to everyone who sees it. Thank you for sharing so much beauty Lisa.

God Bless you and yours, and have a Blessed Christmas.

Sarah Aldrich said...

I found your blog a couple of months ago and cannot tell you how much I love your pincushions! They're such a beautiful way to finish a small project. Can't wait to see next year's projects. Wishing you peace and jot this Christmas season.

Jeannette said...

Your pinchusion is beautiful. The words you quote are inspiring. My father passed away at Christmas a number of years ago and I still miss him terribly. I know we will meet again and that give me solace. Have a very blessed Christmas.

Claudia said...

Thank you for the beautiful reflections during these past weeks Lisa, Merry Christmas! Claudia

Dianne said...

Your entire blog is just delightful, Lisa. I love everything you create and wouldn't mind winning this gorgeous pincushion. Merrry Christmas to you and yours, Di

Theresa said...

Your work is so beautiful. You are inspiring. Would love to win this beautiful piece.

craftirn said...

Have been loving your pincushion postings. What a lovely gift for some lucky reader!

Gail Gallagher said...

Beautiful meditation and beautiful photos.

Anonymous said...

Beautiful pincushion. Hope to be a winner.
donnaabrams99@yahoo.com

Cathy Kizerian said...

Hi Lisa, I've enjoyed your Advent series this year. And naturally, I LOVE the pincushion! Have a warm and wonderful Christmas.

Janell.gust said...

Love your work...beautiful

Juli said...

Another great post!

kerrykatiecakeskeb43 said...

What a lovely idea for Advent Lisa! Count me in for the draw please!
Hugs, Kerry

FlowerLady Lorraine said...

Loved your spiritually uplifting post this morning. Jesus is the Light of the world.

Your latest pincushion is yet another beautiful creation of yours.

I am looking forward to receiving mine. :-) Your exquisite work inspires me.

Love, hugs, peace and joy to you dear Lisa ~ FlowerLady

Mary LeNoble Bondra said...

Your pincushions are amazing. Thank you for sharing the reasons for the season in this way.

Willa said...

Good start for a Monday morning. Thank you.

Lori said...

Beautiful work as always! Thank you!

Anonymous said...

Another beautiful pincushion! Your blog has been a great encouragement to me this year, which has been a year of losses. I pray that 2015 will be a more joyful year, and even if it's not, I know Jesus is here. And that's all I need. Merry Christmas!

Jenni Godley

Needles, Beads and Threads said...

So many encouraging and lovely words you send us, it's such a pleasure to see your magnificent work.
May the Christmas Holiday bring you Love, Peace and Joy, and 2015 shower you with Good Health so you can continue to inspire us to become more humane and compassionate towards each other.

Sheila said...

Another beautiful pincushion!
Merry Christmas

Nancy Taber said...

Beautiful as always and so meaningful. Your work is inspiring. Merry Christmas and have a Blessed New Year.

Lynda Padgett said...

Such a Lovely Pincushion. My Favorite colors

Timecard24 said...

Beautiful pincushons. I have been folowing all of them.
Have a wonderful Christmas.

lakenreich said...

I so love your work. Thanks for sharing.

Susan Sevig said...

I so admire your beautiful stitching work. Merry Christmas

Sew Crazy For You said...

Lisa,
These are so beautiful and look like a lot of fun to make...wishing you a very Merry Christmas...
Thanks,
BJ Sandusky

Sandy said...

I really enjoy seeing all the variations you have created with your pincushions - they are endless and lovely. I especially like your new one with the green against the light background - a very elegant winter look.

Sandra said...

Very beautiful! Merry Christmas!

FredaB said...

Merry Christmas Lisa to you and your family.

We are back in Chicago for Christmas with our family.

This is another gorgeous ones. You should go in the pincushion business.

Hugs
FredaB

zooperson said...

Merry Christmas! Another lovely piece of work.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for taking the time each year to post such a wonderful message for the whole holiday season. I come to your site just to refocus on what the season is truly about.
Thank you so much,
hollie in Arkansas

Frederique said...

Beautiful picture, and lovely pincushion!

Colleena Burnsides said...

Merry Christmas. All of your pin cushions are beautiful anyone would be lucky to have one.

Michele Maurice said...

So inspiring, your work is simply stunning! Beautiful pincushions-all of them!

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