I like the idea of symbolism. I like the idea of having a tangible item to remind me of an important spiritual message. By having something visible, it is not only a reminder to me but also a potential opportunity to be a catalyst for conversations with others.
About 5 years ago I was really struck by the passage in Psalm 127:4 that says, “As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are children of the youth.” At my oldest daughter’s high school graduation, I spoke about this passage of Scripture and gave my daughter a store bought arrow and quiver signifying that we were launching her out into the world. To be honest, a black 32 inch arrow with blue fake feathers really didn’t impress me. So, over these last five years I started slowing developing an idea in my head.
This store bought arrow and plastic quiver really wasn’t what I had in mind as a display piece symbolizing Psalm 127:4. I could tell it would be just too big for most rooms, and well, it just looked cheap and “store bought”. I came up with the idea of having a shorter arrow displayed in a quiver, accompanied with a picture frame to display a photo of our children. I couldn’t find the types of short arrows that I wanted, nor a quiver to fit them so I began the search on how to make the arrows using authentic arrow shafts, feathers, sinew, and tips. I had a pretty good idea of how to make a quiver out of leather and lacing, I was able to located a supplier for the picture frame and found a local engraver to assist with the engraving of the names on each individual arrow. Through trial and error and numerous variations of each product, I believe that I have designed a product that I hope many will enjoy for years to come.
It is my desire that these products will be something cherished by parents and children alike. I trust that you will consider these as a reminder of the awesome responsibility that we as parents have in rearing our children. As I said in a recent post, we as parents are launching our children into the next generation, into a generation or even generations that we ourselves may never experience.
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