I would like to invite everyone to see Penny the doll, and her web site. Penny was made by Becky Dart, who is a long-time family friend in Western New York State. When we were visiting Becky’s family last fall, I suggested that Penny could come to Indonesia. See more about Penny and Becky at adventureswithpenny.net.
Penny carries five beads which have a special meaning, and she likes to share the meaning with everyone she meets.
Gold, the color of heaven: God, the creator made mankind with a special capacity to enjoy a relationship with Him— starting here on earth and forever and ever in heaven. Jesus promises his followers in John 14:2-3: “There are many dwelling places in My Father’s house, and I’m going ahead to prepare a place for you there. If that weren’t true, I would never promise something like that to you. When I have gone to my Father’s house and the place for you is ready, I will come back again and take you to that place— so that where I am, you will be there too.”
Black, the color of sin and separation from God: Each one of us follows the example of Adam and Eve— choosing to lead a self-centered life and willfully living in disobedience to God. This is sin. But something even worse has happened: We cannot just come back into a right relationship with God. Trying to stop doing wrong or following religious rules will not succeed in repairing our relationship with the perfect and holy God. As Romans 3:23 says, “Everyone has sinned and is not worthy to enjoy God’s glory.”
Red, picturing the blood of Christ: Christ Jesus died a horrible death on a Roman cross to take the punishment for sins that rightfully belongs to each of us. In so doing, Jesus Himself has become the one and only Intermediary who can bring us to God. As Romans 5:6-8 says, “In the past, mankind couldn’t do anything at all to become right in God’s sight. But ironically when we were in that condition, Christ died for us who were always opposing God. 7 It’s very difficult for someone to sacrifice himself to save another person— even if that person is very good. But a person might sacrifice himself and die to save his close friend. 8 But Christ died for us when we were still living as sinners opposing God. In that way God has shown that He loves us very much.”
White, the color of forgiven and cleansed heart: If we are given a gift, our response is to receive it! So in response to God’s amazing gift, our response is to receive God’s love and mercy through Christ Jesus. The most famous verse of the Bible says, “Certainly God’s love toward the people of this world is utterly amazing in that He surrendered His one and only Son, so that each person who believes in His Son won’t be destroyed, but instead will receive eternal life.” (John 3:16) Believing in Christ and receiving God’s gift of a right relation with Himself through Christ also means that we become Christ’s followers. This also means that we make a commitment to repent and forsake living contrary to God’s will. When we fail and sin, we quickly confess our sins. (1 John 1)
Green, the color of spiritual growth: When we surrender ourselves to follow Jesus, miraculous changes happen in us! God’s Spirit comes into us and we experience what the Bible calls being “born again.” (John 3; 1 Ptr. 1:3-9) Our hearts are transformed because we become spiritually one with Christ, and we are given the desire to grow in our oneness with Christ, as expressed in Colossians 2:6-7: “So now you have received Christ Jesus as your Lord. Therefore endeavor to continue to live as one with Him. 7 Consider that you have become one with Jesus— just like a branch is one with its tree. Build your life with the Lord as the foundation. And continue believing Him unshakenly.” To grow in oneness with Christ, we make it our habit to regularly read the Bible, pray, and participate in fellowship with our fellow believers.