"The artist is a servant who is willing to be a birthgiver." So states Madeleine L'Engle in her little book Walking on Water: Reflections on Faith and Art. Mary's response in this biblical narrative is the model for such an affirmation. Just as Mary was obedient to the command of God spoken by the voice of the angel Gabriel even so the creative person in whatever field is the obedient one. Artists are obedient to the command to work. This undoubtedly will involve many painstaking hours of progress and retrogression. There will be high moments and low moments.
Thomas Willadsen Mary Austin Christopher Keating Dean Feldmeyer Ron Love George Reed Bethany Peerbolte
For January 20, 2018:
God Activates by Tom Willadsen — Perhaps God wants us to delight in each other and in the magnitude and depth of divine love. Perhaps the Lord wants to activate our gifts of the Spirit, to use them for the common good.
We are all intimately connected as one body in Jesus. Isaiah celebrates our intimate union with our creator, describing us as the joyful bride of God. Though there had been alienation and rejection from both sides in the past, the prophet describes us as God’s delight. That connection is also emphasized in Paul’s oddly graphic description of church folks as body parts — we need each other because we are not a living, breathing body if we are somehow separated.
When Jesus visited a wedding at Cana in Galilee, he showed that human disappointments matter to him and that he would be prepared to redeem them. This is a story about a young girl's bitter disappointment when she became a bridesmaid.