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Topic: Craft (as in handcraft) (02/08/07)
TITLE: The Master Craftsman
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The Carpenter carved the rocking chair with gentle hands that glided over the tired old wood as if he was guiding the piece to its full potential.
With each jab of the carving knife a form emerged so different and new from this once lifeless object.
The carpenter, proficient in his craft strived with undying love in order to create something from nothing – life from death.
Then, with one final stroke of the carving knife – it was a rocking chair and the people stood in awe at the transformation. The carpenter then applied a mahogany stain, lovingly and tenderly making each stroke to the rocking chair even-toned so that it would be sealed for life. When the stain was dry the rocking chair gave off a radiant glow as if to say ‘thank you’ to its creator for turning it into a piece of great worth.
Then the carpenter stepped back to admire his work – all those months of cutting and shaping the wood, being careful to discard only the damaged parts and restoring those pieces that still had life was worth it. However, he was not completely satisfied – something was missing – one final touch to bring the piece to perfection and then it came to him like a whisper in the wind.
He picked up a damaged piece from the floor, brushing off the wood dust that fell on it during the creation process, and gently messaged every rough spot until it shown as bright as the noonday sun. The carpenter reached for the mahogany stain, applying the same loving strokes of the brush that he had given to the rocking chair.
When it dried, he engraved words on the plaque then nailed it to the headrest of the rocking chair. Everyone who passed by the carpenter’s shop was changed by this unusual piece as they read these words,
Created By a Master Craftsman With Loving Hands
Isn’t it just like Jesus to take that which is useless in the eyes of the world and turn it into something of great value?
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