Being Creative

Oddly, I seldom listen to recorded music, but I love live performance, of all kinds.  Recorded music, no matter how fine the quality, seems to me dead, because it does not give me the synergistic connection with the performer that makes me feel I
am creating the music along with them, and stirs my own creative energies.

A few nights ago, we were delighted by a concert – highly talented performers (Windham Hill artists Liz Story, Barbara Higbie and Lisa Lynne) making music with an array of instruments both familiar and strange.  Watching and listening, I felt the presence of the Holy Spirit, and in my mind’s eye, I could see a joyful Jesus whirling and dancing in the air above them.  I know in my deepest being that God loves for us to create, and joins with us in celebrating our creative efforts.

There are many ways to create.  Painting and writing,  of course – but also planting a garden, landscaping a yard, building a house, building a business, making a happy marriage.  They all make us partners with God in His creative activity.  What
is/are yours?

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5 Responses to Being Creative

  1. Jimmy says:

    Being in the presence of God and being with creative people opens the door of my creativity. Music has always done this for me, live is better but a good sound recording can do the same. Reading a good book or watching an exceptional movie makes me come alive. You hit the nail on the head with the creative efforts in the garden. For me, having a vague plan or a feeling of what I want my garden to be like, an emotion of a sense for those who enter, then making the garden and seeing how it turn out is the best. The process of folding and bending my original thought into reality is sublime. When God enters into the activity then the result can be divine.

  2. Peggy says:

    Taking pictures is one of my favorites. I like considering the composition but tend to focus on the close-ups… I want to see the facial expressions!

  3. Susan says:

    That’s a great one, Peggy. I love it that six people can take a picture of the same thing, using the same kind of camera, and there will still be six totally different pictures.

  4. Allison says:

    I LOVE photography too. My inspirations come from the sweet faces of my children, the trees(especially from underneath) colors of fall and fresh Spring buds, water’s stillness and how the rippling effect applies to life’s turmoil. The neon moss in a shadowy creek bed permeated with sporous ferns and fungal life is inspiring to mystical, imaginative poetry.
    I also have tried my hand at painting with acrylics, tho I can only create trees and abtract work so far. I scrapbook my boys’ world and like to bake/cook different goods. I have created quite a few large collages from magazine pages to reform thoughts, feelings, dreams, future wishes and diary entries into visual works for my wall of inspiration and meditation. I love creating house decor and dressing my walls in floral arrangments as well as beautiful poems and lists of how to treat and raise happy children and homes.
    I miss gardening but have little energy for digging in dirt until the boys urge me to join them ;) speaking of, I hear one waking. XO

  5. Susan says:

    Gosh, Allie, I didn’t know how wide your creative streak is! Keep it pouring out!

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