Sunday, November 23, 2008

Cardboard Testimonies

Inspired by the "Cardboard Testimonites" at Hillside church, our local, ministry team created a similar experience at our church today. Kent and I could not pass up the opportunity to give God the glory for what has happened in our lives.

After you view the video, you will understand our testimony:

OUR plans shattered by the death of a spouse.
Living GOD’s plan for the future.

I wasn’t prepared for the wave of emotion that seemed to overwhelm my family, my friends and me upon experiencing this moving event. Kent and I recognize God’s hand in our situation, but have been hesitant to claim it—as we did today through the cardboard testimonies.

The biggest blessings came from my stepson, who came to live with us this week. I am encouraged by the possibilities this “new start” will afford him and the opportunities for growth it will afford all of us. On the way to get into the car after the morning’s service, he told Kent that he was moved by our testimony and that our words were not only our (Kent and my) declaration, but also that of the entire family. When Kent recounted this incident to me, tears filled my eyes and my heart was completely filled with the promise that we are not in control, but God is…what a relief! Blessings abound!

How about you? What is your cardboard testimony?


Rob said...


Your link doesn't really work, but it had enough information that I was able to view the video.

It's an interesting idea although it is outside of my spiritual paradigm.

Glad that you (and Kent)derived such meaning and pleasure from it.


Marsha said...

Thanks Rob,
I think I corrected the problem.

Evan and Julia Abla said...

This is one of the things the church is missing. The larger the church the more reluctant to here the witness of the saints. I've seen the video before and still find myself caught up in the emotion of it all.

Seriously, we don't pay attention enough to all the stories of our lives that point to the death defeating death of Christ, to the grace received in the most vile of situations, to the baptism and indwelling of the Holy Spirit that absolutely and ontologically transforms us from the inside out and returns us to the Image of God. Testimony is imperative to Church renewal.

I wish I could have been there. I know I would have been soulshining!

Marsha said...

Thanks for that moment Evan---seriously, I need it---


Let your soul shine,
Its better than sunshine,
Its better than moonshine,
Damn sure better than rain.
Yeah now people don't mind,
We all get this way sometimes,
Gotta let your soul shine, shine till the break of day.

Gotta LOVE the Allman Broters!!!

Trish said...

Would I be taking the easy way out to just say that mine would say "ditto" ???? :-)

Sari said...

Wow, that was really powerful. I am teary right now.