Thursday, April 19, 2018

Bible Marginalia- The Measure of My Days

Bible Marginalia Series- #290

Psalm 39
What is the measure of my days?
Lord, guard my ways.
Guard my tongue.
Let me know my end.
I am a mere breath.
I am a shadow.
How fleeting I am!

And now, O Lord, for what do I wait?
My HOPE is in you, Lord.

Everything is here and gone.
Let me trust in your WORD.
That stands forever.

Margin by Sirpa Quinn
Colored pencils
Fine-point Sharpie marker

Monday, April 16, 2018

I Prayed for You

Over the Easter break I was hearing 
about the Kindergarten class
 at St. Matthew in Walled Lake, Michigan 
and part of their prayer practice discipline.
 I had sent the resource created 
by Kathryn Stanis 
for Visual Faith Ministry 
to daughter Jessica.
On their Friday
"Prayer Walk"
 they deliver 
the prayers to teachers and staff
in the building.
They color and pray 
for the teacher or staff person they choose.
If they need help with spelling 
for a word they just ask for help.
Jessica  took the staff photos sheet 
from their school
and has this placed in the prayer center.
Students place a finished prayer
 in the pocket beside the staff list 
till it is time to deliver them.

Classroom prayer station.
Each student has a numbered pouch
 and friends 
can also pray for each other, 
and place a prayer 
in the numbered pouch of a friend.
Teacher Jessica takes them out, 
adds a hole punch 
and puts them on an O ring
 to make a prayer book. 
This is collected throughout the year.
At the end of the year this will be one of the 
"Kindergarten artifacts."
Here is the link to the pdf download
 on the Visual Faith Ministry website-
Teaching Visual Prayer 
with young children
gives them 
a way to bless others.
What a gift.

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Bible Marginalia- Resurrection and the LIFE

Bible Marginalia Series- #289

John 11:25
Thinking about the LIFE 
that we have because 
of the resurrection of Jesus.
Good News- for today,
and all of my tomorrows.
What HOPE there was for 
Mary and Martha-
even before Jesus raised 
Lazarus from the dead.
I wonder what their conversations 
were with their brother 
when he came back to life.
Wouldn't that have been amazing?

Tri- Art gesso
Washi tape
Alpha stickers

Sunday, April 8, 2018

Baptism Blessings

 Baptism for Isaiah John Wilson
March 31, 2017
Prince of Peace Lutheran Church
Springfield, Virginia.
 Sometimes there are 
wrangling diversions.
 But, water and 
get things done.
In the name of the Father, 
and the Son and the Holy Ghost.
 Mom and Dad- 
Sara and Joshua Wilson
with Levi and Isaiah.
Grandmother Deborah Wilson 
with parents- Sara and Joshua.
Big Brother Levi practicing his smile.
Grandfather Michael Wilson
joins the family.
The Wilsons and grandparents- 
John and Connie Denninger-
Papa and Gigi.
Grandpa Chuck and Granny

Sponsors- Jess and Dan Meier
(not pictured- Victoria Wilson)
The assembled Denninger crew.
Thankful we could all be together
 for this very special celebration.
two captured by Papa
Aunt Laura grabs a quick snuggle.
 And why - YES
it just might take 
 4 photos to see
all of their faces.
The blessing of a
 Holy Saturday Vigil Baptism.

 Baptism Blessing canvas made
 by Isaiah's mom and Gigi
Faith chest gift from 
Prince of Peace Lutheran Church
They gift each baptism 
with a remembrance FAITH CHEST.
 Baptism certificate
Worship folder
After a big day you sometimes
 just need to snuggle with daddy.
Isaiah John-
Welcome to God's family!
You are a blessing.

Some post-Baptism photos-
Isiah on the quilt made by 
Great Grandma- Florene Denninger.
Isaiah on the blanket that was 
Gigi's (Connie) Baptism blanket.
Isaiah on the quilt made by 
Great Great Grandma Ella. 
The Baptism Shell Gift 
form Prince of Peace Lutheran Church.

And just a little snuggle with
Flying Squirrel Douglas.
A snuggle is always good with
 Big Brother Levi.

Thursday, April 5, 2018

New Life Easter

 Tidal Basin Cherry Walk

Jess and Dan and Jack
The Washington Monument 
from the Tidal Basin Walk

Another favorite DC spot-
 The Washington National Cathedral

The gardens of the Cathedral 

A pleasant, quiet, warm afternoon 
in the middle of winter gloominess.
Reminders all around that New Life
has arrived,