Wednesday, May 7, 2008

SALT Challenge - Forgiveness

This week is was my turn to set the challenge on the SALT blog! I always enjoy the SALT challenges as it really directs you to study a certain passage of scripture, facet of the Christian life, or attribute of God and Christ and that, my friends, is a good thing for one's soul! :-)

This week I chose forgiveness as my challenge. The idea for my challenge was developed after singing a beautiful hymn in church a few months ago. The words are below:

Weary of earth and laden with my sin, I look at heav'n and long to enter in;
But there no evil thing may find a home, and yet I hear a voice that bids me come

So vile I am, how dare I hope to stand, In the pure glory of that holy land?
Before the whiteness of that throne appear? Yet there are hands stretched out to draw me near.

The while I fain would tread the heav'nly way, Evil is ever with me day by day;
Yet on mine ears the gracious tidings fall, Repent, confess, thou shalt be loosed from all.

It is the voice of Jesus that I hear; His are the hands stretched out to draw me near.
And His the blood that can for all atone, and set me faultless there before the throne.

O great Absolver, grant my soul may wear, The lowliest garb of pentience and prayer
That in the Father's courts my glorious dress, May be the garment of thy righteousness.

Yes, though wilt answer for me, rightous Lord. Thine all the merits, mine the great reward.
Thine the sharp throns, and mine the golden crown;
Mine the life won, and tine the life laid down

Many people would state that they don't need forgiveness and yet, when we compare our every day acts against that of Christ, a sinless man, we are able to see our utter hopelessness of ever being worthy or "good" enough to receive the gift of everlasting life. Praise God, He sent a Savior who can forgive even the worse sinner and create in us a clean heart. "Mine the life won, and thine the life laid down...."

Please visit the SALT blog to enjoy the beautiful creations the team has made this week! You may click on each team member's name to visit their individual blogs and read more about their art pieces.

If you are inspired by this week's challenge and would like to share something that you've made, please leave us a comment on the SALT blog with a link back to your blog or online gallery. We'd love to see your creations!


esther said...

the border around the texts gives it a great emphasis, love the whole feel and theme this week thanks Kim!

Hazel said...

Thank you for such an excellent challenge, Kim - and for your own beautiful response to it - and for what you've said.

Julie Masse said...

Beautiful! Thanks for sharing that wonderful hymn!

Allison said...

This is super pretty...I love that image in the corner!

Emilia said...

what a wonderful and peaceful card~