I thought I was done building hoop lights but as the Christmas lists trickled I saw Michelle had included her request for a second light, a bigger one (18” hoops!) that would hang in the living room. It’s a good thing I took pictures and notes during the construction of the first light.
Step 1 in building such a light is to collect the parts. Habitat for Humanity has a constantly changing selection of light fixtures (working and non-working), and my hope was to scrounge parts from their dusty collection. Design happens on the fly as I stand in the aisle and try to visualize how the top of lamp A might be combined with the bottom of Lamp B to make a new creation. The secret is out. Michelle’s gift utilizes recycled and discarded lamp parts. What a cheap dad, huh?
I found a well-used fixture with triple candelabra sockets mounted around a 12” down-rod and thought my search was over. Back in the shop I disassembled the fixture to find crumbling sockets and charred wires. This was a good thing, though, as I realized an 18” hoop light would not make the correct statement with three tiny candelabra bulbs. I needed more power.
I dashed to two home centers and found enough parts to include three medium base sockets in the design. Michelle would have more light and could bask in safety as the electrical portion of her light would be fresh and pliable instead of brittle and singed.
I started with these pieces including the 18” quilting hoops, the largest I could find.
Over several sessions the ideas came together and the parts became a whole.
And after the finish was applied and all the electrical work was completed and tested I had this sparkling fixture ready to install.
That collection of seemingly random parts lying on the workbench triggered some deeper thoughts. I had a vision of the intended outcome and sensed which pieces might contribute and which should be archived in the junk box. But I didn’t get the design correct on the first try. I backed up in the process a few times and pursued multiple paths with some trial and error until I had the finished product.
The miracle of Christmas is that our God took pieces of prophecy given over thousands of years and brought them together for fulfillment in the person of a tiny baby lying in a manger. None of that foretelling was random or purposeless. Each part fit with the others as God got things right first time. He is amazing that way.
But when the fullness of the time came, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the Law, so that He might redeem those who were under the Law, that we might receive the adoption as sons. Because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!” Therefore you are no longer a slave, but a son; and if a son, then an heir through God.
How many prophecies came together in that manger in Bethlehem? I love the way this visual from Tyndale House Publishing’s Wayfinding Bible reflects the significance of Christ’s birth and provides at a glance the miraculous combination of prophecies Jesus fulfilled. God is awesome.
Jesus is the Light of the world, and He is certainly the Light of Christmas. May we take time to thank God for the marvelous gift of Light.
Merry Christmas to you and yours!