25 Crafts of Christmas has been rolling along in no particular order of importance, except that this one should have been first. Or last, if we were counting down. I enjoy trying all kinds of different types of craft and working with new and interesting supplies and tools, but embroidery will always be the one I hold closest to my heart. Yes, that's terribly sappy, but it's how I feel.
When people ask me why I love embroidery, here's what I tell them: It's inexpensive and easy to get started, it's super portable, and you can do SO MUCH with just a few simple stitches. If you haven't tried it before, let 2014 be the year you start stitching. (My Embroidery Basics series is a great place to start!)
Even closer to my heart than embroidery is this baby. This baby who isn't a baby anymore.
I've looked at the 25 Crafts of Christmas as an advent calendar of sorts. Advent means coming. Christmas is coming! But traditionally in the church calendar, Advent is a time to focus not only on a day of celebration, but how Jesus is coming again. At Christmas and every day, I look forward to that day. It's the hope that I hold onto.
I place my hope in the baby who grew up, died to pay for the wrong things we do and then lived again, who lives forever and is coming again. The baby who isn't a baby anymore, and who loves you more than anything. Think about that. Ponder it in your heart. And if you ever want to talk about it, email me, tweet at me, comment...whatever works for you.
Amidst all the Christmas crafting, may we never set aside the beautiful gift of God's son.