By Tom Wachunas
“…and I have filled him with the Spirit of God, with skill, ability and knowledge in all kinds of crafts – to make artistic designs for work in gold, silver and bronze, to cut and set stones, to work in wood, and to engage in all kinds of craftsmanship.” -Exodus 31: 3-5 –
As Easter Day approaches, when many of us joyfully celebrate the most important Person and Event in all of human history, I prayerfully offer the following for your consideration.
Heavenly Father, we, whom you created in your image and likeness, with all of our hearts, all of our souls, and all of our minds, thank you for the life you provide for us through the bounty of this earth you called into being.
We ask that you let us clearly recognize that just as you nourish our bodies, so too you nourish our spirits with our ability to make and savor art.
We remember, through the inspired writings of prophets and kings, how in ages past you blessed your people with the skills and talent to make music, vessels and structures that celebrated your love for them.
Thank you, Father, for those among us whom you have gifted to enrich and inspire our lives with their surpassing skills and designing, those who have given all manner of marvelous form to their imaginations, imaginations you invented.
We ask your blessing on all our artists – that you give them the wisdom to know that they are called to be servants of the creative spark which you bestowed. Bless them with humility and gratitude in knowing they are stewards of your power.
Finally, Father, bless us all with the discernment to seek out, encourage and preserve the arts that would feed our spirits with your boundless wisdom, peace, and love.