Friday, June 06, 2008

Scripture Chicks - May Bookmark

Galatians 5:22-23: "But the Fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such there is no law."
May is not only the month of Our Blessed Mother Mary, but Pentcost was also celebrated in May on Mothers Day. So I thought this verse would be best to prepare my heart for the descent of the Holy Spirit (which is what Pentecost celebrates.) Jesus promised, before His Ascension, to send a helper to inflame and embolden the passion and zeal of His Apostles and all of us, to confirm us in our faith and help us live it out. (This is the basis for the Sacrament of Confirmation. A sacrament is an outward sign, given by Christ, to give grace.) Scripture tells us the Apostles and Our Blessed Mother were gathered in the upper room when suddenly there was a rushing sound like a strong driving wind and there appeared flames like tongues of fire over the heads of all gathered and they were filled with the Holy Spirit and they began to preach His Good News to the crowds gathered outside who were amazed because they each heard in their native language! Isn't this one of the most amazing and exciting Scripture stories? I think their feelings that day were similar to the "high" I feel when I come home from a good retreat or conference - rejuvenated, on fire, and ready to take on the world! Like the Mom's Retreat, Catholic Homeschool Conference and the Stampin' Up! Convention!!
When I am feeling dispassionate and all out of zeal to serve my Lord, I plan to call upon the power of the Holy Spirit through this verse to renew my openness to His Grace, re-direct my focus and refresh my heart and soul in His service.
Wind, flames and the dove are traditional symbols of the Holy Spirit - I chose the dove and the flame, if I could have thought of a way to incorporate some swirls to signify the wind I would have!
Stamps: SU! Peace Be Unto You
Cardstock: SU! Basic Black, Real Red, Pumpkin PIe, Summer Sun & Naturals White
Copics: Y15, Y17, YR04, YR18, R27, Colorless Blender

1 comment:

Annette said...

Just spotted your blog and am enjoying your scripture bookmarks. I love them. Are you printing out the scriptures or are they stamps.