Sunday, July 29, 2012

Stampin' Sisters in Christ challenge 150...torn

Happy Sunday stampers! It is time for another challenge from Stampin' Sisters in Christ, where all of our challenges are based on scripture. Our sponsor this week is Inspired Stamps and I have used a sentiment from one of their lovely sets on my card. We spend a lot of time at the baech as we are five miles form the coast where I live, so I used another image from our sponsor last week at A Day for Daisies. You can find out more information about our sponsors on our blog, and see the rest of the creations from the design team right here. 

I am the hostess this week and I selected the challenge to use torn paper on your creation, and this verse from Matthew Matthew 27:51 "The veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom." adn the thoughts I have to share are as follows:

I have been thinking about all the different shades of meaning that word ‘tear’ or ‘torn’ can have in our lives.

On the one hand, it can be celebratory—how many of you have seen a young child, filled with excitement, tearing open the wrapping paper on a Christmas or birthday present?

We can use it to express difficulty, such as I ‘tore’ myself away from my favorite book to clean house instead.

The word tear often can be sad as well. Syria is torn apart by civil war. The tragic events in Colorado tore apart families, friendships and lives. We tear down relationships when we fling out unkind words or actions, are selfish or hasty. I took my daughter to see the movie Brave recently and in one scene the princess angrily tears a family tapestry her mother was stitching. In a moment, the painstaking work of years was destroyed by a single action.

The bible tells us of a different moment when with a single action, hope was born and lives restored, symbolized by a significant tearing.

Matthew 27:51 "The veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom."

This happened to the curtain or veil in the temple in Jerusalem when Jesus died on the cross; the veil was torn in two from top to bottom.

This curtain had significance beyond decorative; it separated the Israelites from the Holy of Holies in the temple, the place where God’s essence dwelt on earth. Once per year the high priest was allowed to enter the Holy of Holies and offer an atoning sacrifice to the Lord on behalf of all the people. They would tie a rope to one leg to pull him out in case he was struck dead while performing this atonement. No one else was allowed to enter the presence of God. And the temple curtain or veil, according to historian Josephus, was 40 cubits high or almost 60 feet tall.

When Jesus willingly gave himself up as an atoning sacrifice on the cross, and took the weight of the sin of the world on his shoulders, he opened the way for anyone, Jew or Gentile, to enter into a relationship with God. He tore the veil in two—sin separates us from God no longer, as long as we accept that sacrifice.

Just to be clear, Jesus didn’t die on the cross, tear the curtain and end the story.  Jesus is alive today, still extending that invitation to step through the torn curtain and enter eternal life with Him.

John 14:6 “I am the way, the truth and the life.  No man comes to the Father except through me.” The veil was torn and hope was born on that day. Lives are restored and made new each and every time a person accepts Jesus as their Lord and savior and accepts the sacrifice that changed the world, visually illustrated by the most significant tearing the world has ever experienced. Jesus is the way, have you accepted that in your life?

Thanks for looking and we hope you can find time to participate in our challenge this week!

Stamps: image from A Day for Daisies, sentiment from Inspired stamps
Paper: Kraft, speckled off white, bits of DP
Ink: black
Other: clip, ribbon, SU watercolor crayons, glitter


Karen B. said...

Beautiful card, I really like the touches of washi tape!

Jerusha said...

Thank you for your wonderful word today Peggysue! Your card is wonderful, as always!!

Michelle said...

Ps - What a charming and sweet card! The image is so enduring and I really like how the sentiment is stamped over several layers. It looks wonderful! Thanks for the great devotional this week! God is great isn't He?

Diane said...

Love your card...just as sweet as it can be. I'm impressed with how successful you were in stamping the sentiment over the edges of the papers. Peggysue, your devotional thoughts this week are amazing. I love the impact of this verse, and what it really means to the believer. Great choice, and lots of theological meat to chew. Have a restful...uneventful...week full of the awesomeness of God.

Kara said...

very the torn papers!

Chris Olsen, Glowbug said...

What a beautiful and meaningful devotional Peggysue!! TFS!! I love your card as well with the torn papers to fit your scene, the cute scene and your placement of the sentiment. I pray all has been well with you.

ScrappySandie said...

Hi PeggySue! Wonderful devotional this week! Thanks for that! Love your soft and gentle looking card too! Love how you used the torn paper technique and the pale colors! SO lovely!

Helen said...

Your card is so pretty! I love the paper you used to make your torn look! I love the colors of it all. It's beautiful! Your devotion was awesome! Thank you for sharing these things from your heart! Hope you're having a blessed week! ~H

Lovely Linda said...

You are always such an inspiration Peggysue! I love this card and the sentiment you have used - perfect! Your words are always so timely and full of wisdom! {{{hugs}}}

Traci M said...

Hi your card, the waif- like images and soft natural colors. Amazing devotion too. Lots to ponder in this small segment of scripture. Hoping your week slows down a bit for you, too.

Kristine said...

Hi Peggysue! I know your card was able to get posted to your own blog today but wanted to stop by and say I'm thinking of you! Are you out of town today as well? Hope you're having a blessed day. I need to chat with you about next week - look for an email from me *Ü*

Dell said...

Love this card and image. The softness of the colors makes it surreal.