“As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord” This verse was extremely important to my husband and I as we prepared for our wedding 16 years ago. About to marry a single mom with two daughters my husband was getting a ready-made family. That, and the fact that I was a new believer at the time, made us very aware that Christ must be the center of our home. We had a small plaque with this verse displayed prominently where visitors entered our home.
Over the years we acquired other such declarations of our devotion to Christ. One my favorites is a red sign with white lettering that simply reads “Rejoice in the Lord Always.” I have two favorite necklaces ~ a set of three crosses on black cords and a recent purchase – a keyhole bearing the word faith with a key dangling beside it. Not only are these symbols declarations of our faith in Christ, they are also ways that we can identify with other believers who cross our paths.
One of the most common symbols of Christianity is the ichthys (Greek for ‘fish’) symbol, most prominently seen in our culture on the rear end of vehicles. I’ve always thought these little plastic car ornaments were a bit tacky and never really desired to own an ichthys of any kind…until recently when I discovered the symbol’s true meaning.
The letters of the word ‘ichthys’ or ‘ichthus’ in the Greek became an acrostic: Ieous CHristos, Theos HUios, Soter. Translated: Jesus Christ, God’s Son, Savior. Wow! If that isn’t a decalaration of one’s belief I don’t know what is.
This acrostic was developed and used by early Christians who were under the threat of perscution for speaking out about their faith. The symbol was used on the grave markers of those martyred for their faith. For a broader explanation see the article here.
Shortly after reading about the history of ‘ichthys’ I was presented with the opportunity to review a beautiful product, the Wood Carved Ichthys Wall Hanging available from Dayspring. I now proudly display my ‘ichthys’ alongside my other declarations of faith in my home!
When I first opened my package from Dayspring I was a little disappointed that the mango wood seemed so dark. I was hoping for a brighter look in my living room. But as you can see by the picture, once illuminated the wood makes for a striking presentation of the symbol. This sturdy piece hangs well with two brass picture nails, and I think it contrasts well with my light mustard walls.
I have to admit I love the scroll detail inside and around the fish. So classic and unlike its bumper counterpart made of plastic…oh so not tacky. I absolutely recommend this piece as a lovely addition to your home., as a stand-alone piece or grouped with other wall hangings.
It also makes for a great conversation piece. My mom, who became a brand-new believer at the age of 70 last fall, noticed it right away. “That’s beautiful. What does it mean?” I had my newfound knowledge ready for such a question. My mom seemed duly impressed, and I think she wants one now too!
As an added bonus today, I am able to offer a $20 one-time use coupon code for Dayspring to one lucky reader. If you would like a chance to win this coupon, go to Dayspring and leave me a link below with a comment for the product or symbol you would consider using your code for. Winner will be drawn on Pentecost Sunday (June 12) using random.org The coupon code expires on August 31, 2011 and shipping charges will apply to the winner’s order.
(Note: In compliance with FTC rules, I am obligated to tell you that I received a free wall hanging in exchange for my review here today. All opinions of this product are my own.)