Praying through Creativity: Creating Food
August 6, 2017
During August we are focusing on how creativity can enhance our prayer life.
Genesis 1 affirms that human beings were created in the image of God, and a significant part of that image is the ability to create. Creativity can take a wide variety of forms. Just about everything we do from day to day requires us to employ our creative abilities, even when we don’t realize it. This month we will be exploring some of those creative channels.
In the gospel lesson this week, Jesus creates food. In the famous story of the feeding of the 5000, Jesus takes a few loaves and fishes offered by a boy and turns them into a feast. Food is a significant way that all of us express our creativity. This week, take some time to appreciate those creative choices and how they connect us to the good news of God’s sustenance.
Gardening is one form of food creativity. If you love to garden, use that opportunity this week to pray through the tending of the plants, the turning of the soil, or the harvest.
Preparing and cooking food is another outlet of creativity. Choosing recipes, selecting ingredients, mixing different combinations, and plating the final product, as well as enjoying the look and the taste of the food is an expression of our creative spirit. As you prepare food this week use the time to connect with the creative and sustaining God.
Though we do not live by bread alone, yet our daily bread is a reminder of God’s creation and loving care for us.