Light one candle…begin your prayer time by lighting the first purple candle on your wreath. The “Hope” Candle.
READ: 2 Samuel 7: 18-29
22 Lord and King, how great you are! There isn’t anyone like you. There isn’t any God but you. We have heard about it with our own ears. 23 Who is like your people Israel? God, we are the one nation on earth you have saved. You have set us free for yourself. Your name has become famous. You have done great and wonderful things.
What does model creativity look like? Does it look like a Master of Fine Art and following all the criteria set forth by professors and other artists that have come before us? Does it look like Vacation Bible School crafts using recycled toilet paper rolls and pipe-cleaners. Does it mean following a pattern or drafting your own?
In our scripture for today, David shares a beautiful prayer to God for God’s faithfulness. It follows a sort of outline that has been lifted up as ideal for our own prayer lives today…thanksgiving for what God has done in the past, praise for what God is doing now and petition for God to fulfill spoken promises for the future. While this is a beautiful prayer…while it helps set a standard for a model prayer when we feel the words difficult to speak…like our own creativity, it isn’t the only way to pray.
Creativity comes to each and all of us in various and mysterious ways. For some it comes in the noise. For others it comes in the silence. At times it will come quickly and at other times it will feel as though we have lost our creative juices. Regardless of where we find ourselves during this Advent Season, God remains faithful. We give praise to God for the gift of our creativity and the ways we have used, are using it and will use it in the days and weeks and years to come.
Alpha and Omega, you have no beginning and no end. There has never been a time when you were not with us, loving and protecting us, offering gifts like creativity. Thank you for your generous presence in our lives. Thank you for the promise of your Son, Jesus Christ, for whom we wait during this Advent Season. Remain with us. Spark our creativity. Use it to help us remain pointed toward your promise. Amen.
Take some time together to give thanks to God for your creativity. What do you love about it? What do you want to develop? Share with a friend or here in the comments.
About Mitzie…Mitzie Schafer is a Deacon in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. She has a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Florida Gulf Coast University and a Master of Art in Religion from Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary with a concentration in Christian Education and Christian Spirituality. She has been writing curriculum and teaching faith formation for more than ten years. Mitzie’s faith is grounded in the belief that God is the initiator and we are the respondent. That God’s yes is always bigger than our no. That being created in the image of the Creator, makes us by our very nature, creative. And that God LOVES ALL people.
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