Sunday, October 24, 2010

Inspirational Sunday Post

We are on Week 4 of my 12 Weeks of Inspirational Sunday Posts, my 12-week series of inspirational Sunday posts with a Christmas theme.  For this post, I'm sharing a card that I remade several times, intending to use it for a Christmas card class.  In the end, I had lots of other designs and never used it.   The card is all about texture with the use two different embossing folders and the double stitched grosgrain ribbon contrasting with the smooth Brushed Silver Card Stock, bringing several different textures to this card .  But all the texture is background to the wonderful greeting:  "Tidings of Comfort & Joy" (from the Perfect Punches stamp set).  "Tidings of comfort and joy" is the very heart of Christmas.

As the Christmas story unfolds, there are shepherds, simple, humble people who love God and are going about their daily work when...

And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.
(Luk 2:9-14 KJV)

Good tidings means good news.  The Christmas story, the coming of Christ Jesus, is all about good news!  The eagerly-anticipated, long-awaited event of the ages arrived!  The Savior is come.  The One who will save us, heal us, reconcile us to God, deliver us, befriend us, bring us peace and joy and give us victory:  Jesus.  Good tidings of great joy, indeed!

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