The creative arts

To create is to share in the activity of God, who is constantly keeping the universe in an active state of becoming, of creation. Many are attracted to the arts, whether to engage in the creative act itself, or to immerse oneself in the creations of another and imbibe something of the creative spirit.

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I enjoy visiting a museum every now and then simply to take in the creative work of artists in painting, sculpting, carving, weaving, glass-making, photographing, or any number of other forms of artistic expression.

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The act of photography is a creative one–from composing, exposing, and creating the initial image, to the post-processing work that produces the final image. There is a certain satisfaction in producing something concrete that represents a vision of reality. Photography allows me to present the world as I notice it and as it speaks to me.

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In art we learn something about the creative impulse, about what we find beautiful, about our history, and perhaps gives us insight into where we are heading. Creation is God’s gift to us. How we share that creation is our gift to God.

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“Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice, and let them say among the nations, “The Lord is king!…Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever.” (I Chronicles 16:31,34)

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