December 3, 2017

The Christmas Craft

Many years ago, the women in my Sunday school class were planning a Christmas party and I asked if anyone thought it was a good idea to also do a craft. The crafty lady in our class suggested a project where you marble a clear glass ornament with different colors of paint and she promised it was easy enough for all of us to do. 

Just as I began to work on an ornament at the party the next week - a friend in our class pulled me aside. She was going through a rough time with a recent divorce and needed to unload the stress that was heavy on her shoulders. Her marriage of twenty five years had ended that year and this was her first Christmas following the divorce.

I offered Patricia a listening ear and words of encouragement. Her shoulders seemed to sag less under their load as we continued to talk. I was also reminded that the Christmas season can be a very difficult time for some people and we need to be attentive to those around us.

At the end of the evening as the crafters began to see the how well their ornaments were turning out, another class member called over her shoulder, “Kathy, thanks for the idea to combine our Christmas party with an ornament craft, glad you thought of it!” Patricia held up her newly marbled ornament and smiled, “I almost didn’t come, but I ended up having a good time!” I was glad to see that smile on her face and that she was now enjoying herself.

When the party was over Patricia began to hum Silent Night and we all joined in to sing this favorite Christmas carol as we gathered up our things and headed home, our voices echoing through the halls of the classroom building and across the parking lot. My heart warmed to hear Patricia joyfully singing. She came that night with a heavy heart but left with a song in her heart, a song of our Savior’s birth. 

Luke 2:11 For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.