Sweeping over the void – to release creativity
Bezalel and Oholiab
31 Then the Lord said to Moses, 2 “See, I have chosen Bezalel son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah, 3 and I have filled him with the Spirit of God, with wisdom, with understanding, with knowledge and with all kinds of skills— 4 to make artistic designs for work in gold, silver and bronze, 5 to cut and set stones, to work in wood, and to engage in all kinds of crafts. 6 Moreover, I have appointed Oholiab son of Ahisamak, of the tribe of Dan, to help him. Also I have given ability to all the skilled workers to make everything I have commanded you: 7 the tent of meeting, the ark of the covenant law with the atonement cover on it, and all the other furnishings of the tent— 8 the table and its articles, the pure gold lampstandand all its accessories, the altar of incense, 9 the altar of burnt offering and all its utensils, the basin with its stand— 10 and also the woven garments, both the sacred garments for Aaron the priest and the garments for his sons when they serve as priests, 11 and the anointing oil and fragrant incense for the Holy Place. They are to make them just as I commanded you.”
God of infinite imagination,
As you inspired artists to create the Tabernacle
As a place of beauty,
Release among your people
The creative gifts
That inspire Your people to worship
You in the beauty of holiness.
Spirit of God,
Fall fresh upon your people,
To raise up prophetic poets
And heart-stirring musicians;
To put hands to work
In artistry and crafts;
To harness technologies of image and sound
That draw hearts into the beauty of our God.
Come, Holy Spirit,
And give life-giving words to your preachers;
Save us from the dulling boredom
of the obvious and superficial.
Lead us all deeper into the mystery of Christ
Where we want to linger longer
In the beauty of his presence. Amen.