Well here we are, Christmas Eve already – where did the time go? This is such a special, albeit busy time of year. Choosing gifts for family and friends to demonstrate a small token of our love for them. I do love Christmas but it also stirs up a mixture of emotions for me, having tragically lost both of my parents a number of years ago. I’m sad that they’ve missed out on my children’s lives and wonder what they would have thought of them. We just never know what’s around the corner do we, as life is full of such joy and sorrow. It’s good to be thankful for the friends and family we have, choosing to see the best not the lack when our emotions are challenged in this area for what ever reason! The greatest gift we can give and receive really is the gift of love, rather than stuff. And don’t get me wrong I thoroughly enjoy stuff too, but it’s the relationship and love behind it that lasts isn’t it…
So as I sit here with my cuppa, reflecting on all the recent Christmas activities and remind myself what it’s reeeally all about tomorrow, it seemed apt to share some of the thoughts behind this sculpture I made called ‘The Gift’.
‘For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.’ John 3:16
When thinking about this very well known verse I wanted to create the Christ child, through the eyes of a mother especially, as well as through the powerful message communicated in this scripture. The possibility of carrying a baby connects women in a unique way, spanning time and culture. I wondered what was in the Mother Mary’s mind when she knew she would be giving birth to the Son of God! She would have known this child was born for a purpose beyond her understanding. But for now, she was gifted with this precious baby that needed her. The more I entered into this thought, the more powerful the message of love became.
I depicted Christ in this vulnerable pose which isn’t usually associated with images of Him. This was to evoke emotions of love, care and protection in us whatever our gender and whether or not we have children. The slow process of creating the sculpture was loving and tender, which I hope comes across in the final piece.
The sculpture portrays the gift of new life and death at the same time, hence the gift tag poignantly tied around the toe symbolic of a mortuary tag.
Whilst making this, I was struck by the immense love I have for my own two children. I was aware that only a greater love than this, could be the motivation for intentionally creating a perfect baby who would grow up to be a man willing to die in exchange for my imperfect life. But why? So God could have a relationship with us now and forever.
I would think it wasn’t worth it… but His love for us all says it was.
That’s outrageous love!
I will leave you with the link to this fabulous version of the touching Christmas song ‘Mary did you know’ sung by Pentatonix. It’s well worth a listen and beautifully portrays the message of this amazing Gift.
Be blessed and have a wonderful Christmas. x