LeAnne Martin
Christians in the Arts

Thursday, January 04, 2007

Creativity: "A Way of Living Life"

I hope you've had a good start to the new year. Next week, I’ll be featuring Frank Boggs, internationally acclaimed bass soloist and the first recording artist for Word Records. In addition to recording 24 albums, in his varied career he has sung for the queen, directed choral programs, co-hosted a radio show, appeared on TV, and more. Frank has much to say about music.

Today, I’d like to share with you some gems from Madeleine L’Engle, whose book Walking on Water continues to inspire me every time I pick it up.

On Living Creatively

"What do I mean by creators? Not only artists, whose acts of creation are the obvious ones of working with paint or clay or words. Creativity is a way of living life, no matter what our vocation or how we earn our living. Creativity is not limited to the arts or having some kind of important career. "Madeleine L’Engle, Walking on Water, pps. 89-90.

On “Non-Christian” Art

"We may not like [the idea that God can reveal himself in the works of non-religious people], but we call the work of such artists un-Christian or non-Christian at our own peril. Christ has always worked in ways which have seemed peculiar to many men, even his closest followers. Frequently the disciples failed to understand him. So we need not feel that we have to understand how he works through artists who do not consciously recognize him. Neither should our lack of understanding cause us to assume that he cannot be present in their work." Madeleine L’Engle, Walking on Water, p. 30.

1 comment:

Marilyn said...

Great quotes, Leanne! Thanks for posting them. Yesterday's verse from Galatians was also a great boost for me. I don't get to checking blogs often enough, unfortunately, but enjoyed visiting here today!

Keep writing!


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