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Worship in Art

Carrie BeacheyCarrie Beachey

For me, creating visual art is a form of worship. It is a medium in which I can connect with my Creator.

We artists tend to be an emotional, sensitive and spiritual breed of people who experience an agony and an ecstasy in our souls. Our inspiration is intense, passionate and often fleeting. This causes us to wrestle with ourselves and with God in an effort to fully capture its essence before it is gone. We crave deep spiritual connections that are made through creating art.

I know that other artists feel the same spiritual connection that I do while creating. I hear artists talk about it a lot. However, I’ve noticed that most artists don’t talk about this experience in relationship to Jesus. Even some of my closest artist friends agree with me about the spiritual connection that we both experience, but for some reason, once I relate those spiritual moments to Jesus and worship, the conversation goes quiet. They no longer relate to me. The idea of enlightenment through art is widely acknowledged. The ideas of meditation, inner healing, and prayer easily go hand in hand with art, so why is it that when I talk about worshiping Jesus in art, the conversation becomes awkward? I ask myself, why is it easier for artists to search for answers outside the church? What do they see in other forms of spirituality that draws them in and why aren’t they finding the connections they seek in church?

And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him. (Colossians 3:17)

You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for You created all things, and by Your will they were created and have their being. (Revelation 4:11)

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