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According to the book of Genesis in the Bible, in the Beginning, God created... God spoke and the sky was a crisp blue. God painted flamingos and budding flowers in bright pinks. God, the great Artist, gave us the sun and stars, and then God created us. Human people, in God's image, as part of God's magnificent portfolio of art. Every human being represents the piece de resistance, the flourished grande finale of God's symphony. And in God's image, we connect with our Creator when we, too, create.

History is evidence of our creative nature, that humanity was invited to engage the world as artists when we were created in God's image. Michelangelo's David, Bach's symphonies, Misty Copeland's Swan Lake, Shakespeare's sonnets, Julia Child's Coq Au Vin. A child's sidewalk drawings, coloring book scribbles, Easy Bake Oven cookies, Lego creations, campfire stories. All valuable, beautiful contributions to the Creator's portfolio of art. So, let's join in and co-create something with God.

 


 

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Practice

Creating on your own

Making art
Moving your body
Writing

Creating with others

Making or listening to music
Poetry: Faith and Creativity

 


 

Go Deeper

Recommended Reading

If you are interested in this spiritual practice of creating and you would like to explore more and with greater depth, here are some resources you might like to utilize:

Books

Art

Practice, not Perfect

"Our failure is not that we chose earth over heaven: it is that we fail to see the divine in the earth, already active and working, pouring forth grace and spilling glory into our lives. Artists, whether they are professed believers or not, tap into this grace and glory." 

Makoto Fujimura

 


 

Would you like someone to pray with you?

Ask the Office of the Chaplain.

Phone: 310.506.4017
Email: chaplain@pepperdine.edu
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