We launched our Advent series this weekend, The Art of Faith, by celebrating the visual arts. Local artists, Duarte Brown and one of his students, painted throughout the worship services bringing together the Advent promise of Jesus coming to live among us with the everyday reality of our broken lives. That is the gift of the artist who can masterfully blend multiple realities together in a single brush stroke In doing so they invite us into God’s creative work. Tobi Zausner reminds us that good art is a participation process not just a spectator event. “Every time we look at a work of art, we become co-creators with the artist because it is our response to art that brings it to completion.”
I wonder if that is what God had in mind when God made us. We would not just gaze at one another or the creation or the creator like spectators at an event. We would participate in the ongoing work of creation and re-creation by responding to our creator in love. Yes, the world is broken. Yes, we experience pain and loss and disillusionment. Yes, it is easier to throw up our hands in despair than to extend them in service. But, Advent, like good art, reminds us that God entered this world in Jesus and invites us into the process of re-creation. In this masterpiece of God’s imagining, we find the courage to say no to an addiction and yes to life. We gain new insight into who we are and what we could be and then move forward, even at a cost. We extend ourselves in forgiveness and breathe wholeness into a fragmented relationship. We empty ourselves in loving service, infusing hope into another’s life. We become co-creators with God as we respond to God’s work of love with our willingness to love.
It’s Monday. God’s magnificent work of art—your life—is a participation process not a spectator event. How will you respond in love this week? Peace. Kai