Super excited next month to offer the Epiphany:Visio Art & Prayer Workshop again! It's such a gift to introduce those who attend to a prayer practice that has been such a gift to my own life.
It all started from learning that Jesus 1) isn't offended by my imagination, 2) gave me an imagination to use for true and beautiful things (like prayer), and 3) might even desire to meet me in my imagination has been a huge take away these past few years.
When I learned the idea of using art in prayer (on purpose) has been around for centuries I was floored. Maybe Jesus actually liked visual-creative, Dyslexic people who struggle with words, like me? Maybe Jesus actually isn't hindered in speaking to me by my difficulty processing long sermons, or philosophical books, or a 6am daily devotional? Maybe Jesus made me visually-creative and Dyslexic and a night owl, and actually wants to use that as an advantage to help me encounter him, and to help me help other people encounter him in our minds, in our hearts, through our senses by sitting with true and beautiful things, like art? Just maybe.
For me art in prayer has changed the way I read the Bible. It's helped me "see" the scene, envision Paul writing furiously to his beloved communities, Jesus laughing with the disciples, and pickup on subtle irony I never before realized was in Scripture. It's also helped me see how often Jesus is speaking in my life. I notice him more often. I discover him in places I hadn't before I learned this practice of using art to help me see and pray differently.
And the great part is using art in prayer is simple. It's not complex, nor does it require an art degree to participate and experience where Jesus may be leading you. Maybe Jesus wants to meet you in your heart, your deepest longings, darkest sorrows? Maybe he wants to use art to help you find him in all the chaos of life's joys and trials. I believe he does. Maybe the E:V workshop is a great place to start. Maybe not. But you know. If you sense it's time, register today. I can't wait to meet you, and see what Jesus has in store for you.
Saturday, October 3