Lift High

It is a New Year, new opportunities, still fresh beginnings!  I'm jumping in hopeful...anticipating that every day will filled to the brim with whatever the Lord has for me.  And...for the uncharted waters, that I will navigate in HIS strength.

I am still chasing the balance...just as I've written in many posts before!  Don't know if having many
passions is a blessing, insert big smile here.  Last year took me away from paper art and out on my
bike as I logged over 2,000 miles under my pedal power.  More about that on my cycling blog...

I do want to participate in the Patter Cross 2013 Hymn and Scripture Challenge.  In 2009 she led
His Holy Name study that I very much enjoyed.  If you are interested in my work you can find some
of them right here!  I am remaining positive that EVENTUALLY I will 'catch' up.  And extremely thankful that the LORD is gracious to me as I live unbalanced...

So here are my artful pages for the  #1 hymn for 2013.  It is Lift High the Cross written in 1887 by George William Kicthin.  Patter has several links for listening to the song.  I spent much time just meditating on the words and did watch the Youtube video with used footage from the movie 'The Passion of Christ'. Which for me is heartbreaking~ the visuals of the physical sacrifice Jesus took upon himself, indeed the weight of the whole world.

I am using a hymnal gifted me by my neighbors as my base for the challenges.  And while the
hymn wasn't in this '70's songbook, I printed the music and inserted it on a random page.  I
couldn't get away from the immense weight Jesus bore for us. The facing page is covered with
black inks, leaving tiny bits of the print showing through...which says, His LOVE is
everlasting...forever and always...a lovely serendipity for the scripture I chose, Revelation 7:12.
I also used Twinkling H2O's swirling across the upper page to convey the heavens.

 I added  scraps of wood lower down for there were 2 other men crucified that
day.  The cross was constructed from a safety match.  HE is indeed the LIGHT of the world.
And forever and forever I will proclaim the name of JESUS.

Thank you for hanging in there with me, I have some formatting issues that I am not sure
how to correct...so this post doesn't look as perfect as I would want, but then perhaps that is
a message to me.....