For centuries people have searched for ways of expressing their faith through the arts and tapestry is one method of providing a vehicle for their religious inspiration. The passion for art, entwined with the spirituality of religion has ensured these works have retained their popularity from the middle ages to the present day.
The giving of gifts is the act of transferring something, with the gift-giver asking nothing in return for the gesture. The act does not require compensation from the receiver, it does not ask for anything in return, and while there may be a social expectation of reciprocity in the form of gratitude in any given form, a gift is, essentially, meant to be free. In various human societies, collectives both widespread and concentrated, the giving of gifts is attributed to the construction and proliferation of social cohesion and when it’s religious it owes its motif as of religious inspiration.
When one acknowledges the tremendous ways in which spiritual matters test faith and affect the heart and soul, the drama and vividness of the work is realized. The beauty of a religious tapestry gives a glimpse of what life beyond that on earth might be and has delivered hope in uncertain times when belief in religion may have been tested. Adorning the altar area of the rebuilt cathedral the tapestry was intended to inspire those citizens of the city who experienced some of the most destructive bombings in World War 2 and is now the focus of a Peace center.
Gift-giving is seen as something appreciated but wholly unneeded. The notion of giving material gifts pale in comparison to the love Jesus Christ has already given each and every Christian, and to the brimming compassion and goodwill it has sparked in all Christian groups and individuals. Of course, gift-giving is still very much welcomed and understood and will not soon be disavowed or refused and seen as religious inspiration.
Most Christian individuals opt for giving a gift that does not simply satisfy the materialistic indulgence of people, but will also state their spiritual beliefs and will inspire others. These faith-inspired gifts often contain kernels of truth and wisdom from the Bible as their main vehicle for imparting inspiration and insight. Usually, occasions for giving gifts in the Christian world contribute to the holistic growth of believers and for the building of meaningful social relationships.