I saw a craft show the other day, with a lady creating a collage, she took a tiny blank canvas, and layered the memories on top.
She carefully picked the background papers, the colors all different and bright, and assembled all the little memory-objects that she wanted to make part of the scene.
The one thing that made everything else possible was the liquid medium she painted on - it acted like glue and a finish too, and out of all the pieces, she created something brand new.
She painted the blank canvas at the first and layered the papers just so, then added the objects that she'd collected, she seemed to know where each one should go.
As each one was place, she added more of the glue to make sure the pieces stayed where they should, and before she was done, there were many more layers, each one framing the one that came before.
It reminded me so of the hours I am given, that are layered on the canvas of my day, each a tiny picture of the time I have spent, all that I've done and every word I say.
I would layer the start with sky blue paper and clouds - the blue for hope and clouds for the new things that will come my way, and the joy I feel that you will be part of all that comes my way.
There will be a layer of flowers, framing the sky in their blooms, and each petal of those blossoms carries my love, filling the layer til there's no more room.
And over it all is painted God's grace - His love and forgiveness for me, making the layers of my picture shine bright, for only thru Him do we see.
The final layer of my picture is full of the memories, the loving touches, the words and gestures you’ve brought to me; this is the layer that makes the picture come alive, for the love we share is there for all to see.
God's love is lavished on top of this layer, sealing it forever there, a tiny picture of this moment of time, our two hearts loving each other, safe in His care.
I thank God every day for the reminders of Him, the gifts that fill up my life, and for the love I have with you, my love, and the joy there is in being your wife.
I will never run out of pictures to make, or layers of love so true, for every day is a masterpiece in my gallery, a new collage of how I love you!