In the Old Testament, Deuteronomy chapter 6 contains what is traditionally recognized as the Shema, which is Hebrew for the word “hear”:
Hear, O Israel: the LORD our God, the LORD is one. Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the door-frames of your houses and on your gates.
There is something very profound and beautiful about weaving the word of God into our daily lives, which was the inspiration behind creating this set of Beginning and the End Tables.
The process involved sanding down the old tabletops to bare wood, then tearing different sections of Scripture into a variety of sizes. The Bible pages were applied using a decoupage wrapping technique. Once the top was wrapped and dried, several layers of clear gloss spray lacquer were applied (outside, of course). I used a set of old end tables that I spray painted black.
One tabletop is covered with pages only from the Old Testament, while the other is covered with only New Testament Scripture. The tables serve as an everyday reminder that moral and biblical principles are best taught in the day-to-day rhythm of life and not just in a formal teaching environment.