When my son, Jonathan, was 17, he brought home an ornament to go on the Christmas tree. He had seen it in a store, and went back to get it. It was a very beautiful ornament, but the story behind it made it even more special. It was a hand-blown glass ball, with beautiful scenes hand-painted on the inside.
Somewhere on the ornament, the artist has placed his initials and the date of painting. On a card inside the box were printed these words:
The "Li Bien" Ornament
In Chinese, the phrase "Li Bien" means "inside." The Li Bien Ornament showcases the age-old skill of inside painting. Through a small opening in the ornament, the artist repeatedly inserts a miniature brush to paint the artwork. The process is painstaking and time consuming requiring two days to paint each ornament. The resulting ornament is a beautiful, one-of-a-kind keepsake you'll treasure for years to come.
Our lives are hand-crafted, too--by God's own hand. For the Christian, any beauty we may have must come from the inside as well. With exquisite skill and intricate detail, our Father has fashioned our lives. With the brush of the Holy Spirit, He has not only initialed our hearts, but has given us an entirely New Name. And we will treasure our relationship to Christ for all of eternity!
–Rocky Henriques, www.uticabc.com