Is it just me, or does anyone else feel like God has possibly sped up time somehow…that maybe, without our quite perceiving, He’s transformed 24 hours into a lesser time quotient than it used to be? So that what appears to be a minute, may actually be an undetected half a minute less than it once was (or even less) – with no way for us to actually measure it?
Today, that interesting thought doesn’t appear so much sci-fi to me as to a quickening of the number of days till our Lord’s return. When I was a girl, time seemed a savoring thing… summers moved lazily along like a brook over stones. The days between the end of school and the entry to new teachers stretched out like sails against the horizon. The earlier descent of darkness come fall hailed a feel of cozy, hunkering down to school… and Christmas, my favorite of all, still felt light years away.
Contrarily, today, I’m feeling whooshed through the days and months and years. And so, I notice, do the children I know. Can it be I see a few red leaves already turning, here at the near edge of August gone? (Really? August 2014 is almost over??????)
And…can it be that I’m immersing my thoughts in Christmas right now? 🙂 No, I’m not referring to decorating or looking for gifts or joining the Christmas in July (still going on) frenzy on buy buy buy channels — but to something more akin to actors donning velveteen dresses and bonnets to film a fresh Christmas card delight in the throes of summer.
To their manufacturing snow and make believe shivers and imagining themselves into the hopes and joys and dreams of the scene.
For that’s how I’m feeling these last few days, having begun putting pen & ink to some Christmas card designs whirling around my mind. And suddenly, having just one drawn, I am feeling my pulse race against time… like maybe I’ve started this too late and I need to hurry hurry hurry like Alice’s rabbit!
Yesterday, I was trying to rush along the creativity and find words I want to convey… all the while watching my clock tick away hours as I became more and more frustrated… with…getting…nowhere. And then I had this thought – would you like to join me in thinking a bit of Christmas? Please, pretty please? 🙂
Here are a couple of questions I’d love your input and thoughts on as I muse about the 2 or three line message I’d like to write for the front side of this card (it would be blank on the inside):
- If you were looking for a Christmas card meant to encourage a friend or a loved one, maybe let them know you were praying for them, or just wanted to lift their hearts in some way – what simple thought might you want to share with them in a card at Christmastime?
- What “story” does this drawing say to you at first glance? (To see it larger, click on image) Does it evoke a particular feeling, memory or scripture verse to you? (Just an aside, for me, it is sort of my nod to a little church and boys choir, St. Timothy’s, in Cary Grant’s The Bishop’s Wife… 🙂
I’m not looking for anything fully developed, just quick flash ideas you might leave in my comments. Can’t wait to read your thoughts! 🙂
May you feel time this weekend moving slow and savoring!
To every thing there is a season,
and a time to every purpose under the heaven:
~ Ecclesiastes 3:1
© Pam Depoyan
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