These small cards, glued to bits of cardstock, strung with ribbon and clothespins, hang from my mantle. Forty of them, bought weeks ago. Verses that point to Jesus, his death, burial, His resurrection. snippets of hymns rich in theology. Words to turn out hearts to the Gospel and prepare our hearts for Easter.
Jesus died for our sins and rose from the dead. Just ten words.
The week the small prints came in the mail, I spent hours making them into something that my family would see in the coming and going, in the rising and in the retiring of the day. These small cards hang, nearly untouched, in the front room of our house.
I walk by them. Stare at them from across the room, admiring my creative genius in turning the scripture into a paper garland. They’re pretty.
Sweet looking. All pink and baby blue and soft green and pale yellow.
But, y’all, I am going to let you in on a thought running circles in my mind: This sweet little paper garland with all the squares of truth is lulling me to sleep.
Over the weekend, I was jolted wide awake by a short video trailer sent to me by a friend from seminary. He has recently had the honor of working on a project with National Geographic called Jesus, Rise to Power. In the trailer, there is a very graphic scene of the act of crucifixion.
I closed my eyes with each strike of the hammer on nails. It was horrific. All of my senses were heightened to such a degree that I could not bear to finish the five-minute video.
I think about that video, now, in light of the beauty of my pastel paper garland.
They both tell the story of the Gospel. One in horrific pictures and one in poetry.
And both are needed to keep my drowsy soul wide awake.
I spend most of my waking hours lost in the glorious gift of grace and I am asleep to the price paid for the grace that I have received.
Y’all, I am tired of sleeping. How about you?
Awake my soul.
*You can get your own set of prints of Lent here: http://www.naptimediariesshop.com/collections/frontpage/products/printable-lent-calendar/
They are truly beautiful and I love mine. Truly, I do!