An Afternoon for Creativity

Today I will pick up my grandson after preschool and we will create. The paper and the colored pens will come out. The marbles and the racetrack will be reconfigurated. It will be another afternoon of creativity at Memaw’s house.

Currently there is a gallery showing of his artwork lining the walls in the hall, down the staircase and in the entryway of our home.

Samuel artgallery-mirror

On Sunday evening, my husband, the engineer, placed a framed “portrait of the artist as a young man” on our entryway table.

Samuel entry way tableIt is Samuel’s first gallery showing. He told me when he came on Monday that he is an artist. I am certain of that. Now my role is to safeguard his artistic perception.

Every child is an artist at five. At 18, it’s a different story. Ask a roomful of high school seniors and maybe one will raise his hand. I am determined Samuel will be that one.

Samuel's puppy drawing

Why?

I sense God is quickening a renaissance of artists who will showcase God’s glory in their generation. They have every tool at their disposal to do just that. Our computers possess the possibility to

write and publish

photograph and publish

paint and publish

dance and publish

make music and publish

cook and publish

garden and publish.

This post will go up on WordPress for the entire world to see. The capability is here. It is now. It is at our fingertips.

We are called to be a company that publishes Good News!

In 2009, Pope Benedict gathered a group of artists in the Sistine Chapel and called for artists to collaborate with the Church. He told them their task was to grasp “treasures from the heavenly realm of the spirit” and clothe “them in words, colours, forms — making them accessible.” It is time. It is now time for this generation. It is for the House of God. It is to throw open the gate to heaven.

Why not Samuel? At four, he draws. He paints. He plays the drums. He gardens. He rolls out cinnamon rolls with his Papa. He makes photographs with my iPhone. He designs railroad tracks for all the scenes in the Polar Express. He is so utterly expressive in everything that he does.

Theresa Dedmon in her book, Born to Create, describes God as versatile, creative, colorful, wild, mysterious, playful, merciful, shows up in the dirtiest of places, and likes to laugh. Sounds like a little boy to me!

Samuel is an artist made in the image of God. The Creator’s creativity flows through our boy in untamed ways. My role as his Memaw is to blow the winds of possibility into every crevice of his creative spirit so he becomes a young revivalist showcasing the Glory of God through the arts.

Mi casa. Su casa.

My table for creativity. Your table for creativity.

For the King of Kings!

After all, the first verb in the Holy Bible is CREATED!

Samuel table and chair

Marlee Huber ~For Your Flourishing Life!

  •  http://www.zenit.org/en/articles/benedict-xvi-s-address-to-artists
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About Your Flourishing Life

As a child, Marlee Huber loved to ramble through gardens sampling juicy berries and delighting in the heady fragrance of roses. As an adult, she thrills at maintaining a country garden in the foothills of the Washington Cascades. Something happened in 2012 that changed everything for Marlee. She followed the love of her life as he bicycled across the continent from their home in the NW to his brother's home in the Virginia. Ninety days later she came home and has never been the same. After photographing the backroads and hamlets across America--all on auto, she came home and took an online photography course, read dozens of books on technique and vision and stepped out into a new career. Her passion is coaching young people to discover their brilliance. She calls it Life-Themes Coaching and during one nearly half-day session, she unpacks what makes you brilliant and one of a kind. Then she matches the discoveries with a photography session where she tells the story of your life with her camera. In her personal life, she is a wife, mother, and grandmother delighting in her flourishing family!
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