Week of: June 11, 2017
Scripture: Matthew 28:16-20
.... and remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.
(Matthew 20:20b, NRSV)
From the time I was a small child, I seemed to be rejuvenated each time I engaged in an artistic endeavor. Whether it was singing, painting, creating with clay, acting in a play or even my attempts at dancing with "two left feet," I seemed to feel differently about myself and the world around me. As I grew older, I began to understand that art was a doorway to a deeper connection with my own spirituality and relationship with Jesus Christ.
Jesus' promise to be with us always became very real during these times. It was as if Jesus was right there with me enabling me to fully immerse myself in the artistic task at hand.
I still feel that blessed presence as I lead worship, sing with the choir, create an installation for worship or even sing an old hymn to someone in hospice who is transitioning to a new life. I truly believe creative expression through the arts is an essential component in fulfilling the Great Commission. And what makes it even more fulfilling is to know that by the power of the Holy Spirit, Christ is present in and through it all. Thanks be to God!
O Great Creator, people come to know you in many different ways. Thank you for creative energy, which allows Jesus Christ to live through all that we do. May we always acknowledge you as the true source of the power and love that is manifest in so many wondrous ways in our work. Amen.
Photo: Children perform during a concert at The Fellowship's Music & Worship Arts Week 2016 at Lake Junaluska, NC.