Credit: Tim Arterbury
This daily post is designed to help you live into our New Room Society covenant of practicing daily prayer together. Below is this week’s theme and daily practice.
Week 18: Gratitude
You might like it, or like to make it, but what does art really have to do with Jesus people? What’s the theology of art?
“In the beginning, God created…”
God and art. What does that make you think of?
The Sistine Chapel comes to mind for many people. Where better to experience God as the Maker of all the earth, and of humankind in particular?
But there’s so much more. “It is good,” God said, while surveying creation. As a creation of God, you too are a maker. You are at your most elemental when you are doing the very things God did…bringing new good creations into the world.
Which brings up some questions: What makes an artistic creation “good”? Is there such a thing as “bad” art? Is everyone — no matter how well they can draw, paint, or fold origami — fundamentally an artist?
Take time this week to consider your nature as an artist and maker; you may need to uncover and reclaim things about yourself that God gave you, but which you’ve denied. Or perhaps you will simply enjoy expressing your artistry, or helping someone else be more closely connected to their own creative Spirit.
Sunday: Visio Divina: God the Geometer
This image of God as the architect of the universe dates from the early 1200s. For most medieval scholars, science (especially geometry and astronomy) were linked directly to the divine. What’s the connection? How has our cultural mindset changed?
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Allow this image to ground and form your prayer today.