The majority of people in the west have a good life full of blessings which, to be honest, are often taken for granted. For example the blessing of running clean water, enough food without the need to scavenge for it, warm clothes in the winter, cool clothes in the summer, a safe home with a roof to live in, money to spare. At this time of year, as Charles Dickens pointed out in ‘A Christmas Carol’, the contrast between the ‘haves’ and the ‘have nots’ is especially noticeable. Shoppers loaded with shopping bags rushing past the homeless person sleeping on cardboard in a doorway. Now I am not suggesting that we all lose the festive spirit and feel gloomy by any means, I’d be the last person to do that as I love Christmas. What I would like to see is the Christmas spirit that comes from God’s supreme gift to us in the form of his son Jesus, spread more widely abroad. While I do get a little cross about the number of charities that send out unsolicited mail at this time of the year – it was worse last year when we were still in parish ministry -I can appreciate why they do it. Generally there is an increased awareness of those less fortunate which some choose to ignore, but others will reach out whether financially or by volunteering at one of the Crisis Christmas centres. For those of you not in the UK Crisis provides support for homeless people and at Christmas they offer Christmas Lunch as well as the chance to access their other facilities. If you want to know more here is the link: http://www.crisis.org.uk/pages/christmas.html
It is apt that the theme for this months PoP Challenge is Blessings. My prayer for you is that this Christmas will be a joyful time, surrounded by those you love, comforted if it the first Christmas without a loved one, supported if you are going through trying times but most of all blessed by the giver and source of all blessings, God, as you celebrate the day remembering that Christmas only exists because of Christ.
(Yes I know that Jesus is male but I made a female card in anticipation, well with both girls married now you just never know and we need some more girls to balance it out!)
Imagine That Digi Stamps – Little Blessings
My Sentiment Exactly – Welcome To The World
PSX – Congratulations
X-Press It card
Versamark ink pad
silver embossing powder
white A5 card blank
The image has been printed and coloured with Copics then fussy cut. The two sentiments have been stamped and embossed on the off cuts of card, trimmed and then edged with a black pen.
The card blank has been scored to make an easel card. The topper is made up with pink card with a mat of striped designer paper then the sentiment added and the crib attached with foam pads for a bit of dimension.
The inside of the card has been covered with pink card with a layer of the designer paper and the sentiment added with foam pads to form the stopper. The outside edges of the card have been edged with a black pen to match the sentiment panels.
We would really appreciate it if you joined us at Path of Positivity, the challenge is open until January 1st. You do not have to make a card, anything goes. The only thing we ask is that you make it clear how your project relates to the theme, just a sentence will be enough it does not need to be an essay, unless you want to write an essay on blessings for your entry. There are plenty of prizes on offer so why not take a look at our sponsors images for inspiration.
SPONSOR & PRIZE INFORMATION:
- EITHER the Holiday Hoopla Digital Scrapbooking Kit OR five different mini kits (of six papers each) from the Christmas and/or Winter section from Décosse’s Dynamite Doodles, one of our guest sponsors this month, for the post or project that the team deems most inspiring of the bunch.
- A $10.00 gift certificate from Imagine That! Digistamp, one of our guest sponsors this month, for a person chosen in a random draw based on all entrants.
There will also be:
- A small selection of digital designer papers from Décosse’s Dynamite Doodles for one lucky person who leaves a comment on posts published during the challenge time frame.
- One digital sentiment for every single person who enters the challenge.
Please do join us on the Path of Positivity, we would love some company!
Finally I hope you have a very happy and blessed Christmas.
Thank you for dropping by. Take care.