" . . . and I have filled him with the spirit of God, with ability, intelligence, and knowledge in every kind of craft." - Exodus 31:1-11
This passage from Exodus, when God is speaking to Moses on Mt. Sinai and telling him about the talents of Bezalel and Oholiab who are skilled in many ways and will be making things like the “tent of meeting” and the ark of the covenant, reminds me of what it is to be the church these days.
Being creative is always (or at least should always) be part of the work of the church, but these days of the pandemic are calling upon our churches to recreate themselves in all sorts of new ways if we aren’t gathering in person. And even when we begin to again, we will need to be creative in the ways we will be keeping one another safe and healthy while still worshiping and being in fellowship with one another.
Yet these past months have given us an opportunity to tap into our inner creativity in new ways to achieve new ends. For myself, I can say that what has been an off-and-on hobby in terms of content creation has actually turned into an integral part of getting work and worship done now. I love my gadgets and gizmos and all things tech, but it all used to be just a personal hobby. Now it means how we get business and worship done and reach the congregation and the world. It is how we show who and what we are, and it is how we speak to our hearts and minds of faith.
We are a church blessed with a multitude of creativity of all sorts: music, painting, pottery, photography, carpentry, engineering and electrical, sewing, quilting, dancing...the list can easily keep going. Whether virtually or in person, the spirit of creativity that runs so deeply in our church is something we always need to remember is God-given, God-driven, and meant to be shared for the betterment of us all.
Creative and Creating God, inspire us to live creative lives so as to always make your presence new and relevant in an ever-changing world.