Peace to create
2 Corinthians 4: 5-7 (NRSVA)
5 For we do not proclaim ourselves; we proclaim Jesus Christ as Lord and ourselves as your slaves for Jesus’ sake. 6 For it is the God who said, ‘Let light shine out of darkness’, who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.
7 But we have this treasure in clay jars, so that it may be made clear that this extraordinary power belongs to God and does not come from us.
I often find peace in creating. Whether in a noisy daytime workshop or a quiet evening dining room I love to get into that place where the rest of the world fades away and I focus on what I am doing in the moment. This makes it sound like I am some kind of master craftsman. I am not, but I do like to have a go and I truly believe that God, who is so creative, made us to be creative too. Note that I don’t say God made us to be famous artists or influential creators. Some people are but others never will be and that is good. As the passage reminds us, we are not here to proclaim ourselves but to use our creativity to point to God and goodness.
How can we use our creativity to point to God? Well, one way is to share it together, to create things with others. To give them the opportunity to join you in that peaceful space where the moment matters, the world of distractions fade and they have a chance to hear their inner creative voice and their creative God.
Dear God of creativity
Thank you that you made us to be creative in so many ways
From writing and planning to making and glueing
be in our efforts and our experiments
Help us to find ways to show your creative side to everyone