BEING CREATIVE and sharing our Creator’s OHR KADOSH – Holy Light

Art in Hebrew – omanut – has a semantic connection with emunah, “faith” or “faithfulness.” A true artist is faithful both to his materials and to the task, teaching us:

To see a world in a grain of sand,
And a heaven in a wild flower,
Hold infinity in the palm of your hand,
And eternity in an hour.
William Blake

…As Goethe said: “Where there is much light, the shadow is deep.” When art lets us see the wonder of creation as G-d’s work and the human person as G-d’s image, it becomes a powerful part of the religious life, with one proviso. The Greeks believed in the holiness of beauty. Jews believe in ‘hadrat kodesh’, the beauty of holiness: not art for art’s sake but art as a disclosure of the ultimate artistry of the Creator. That is how ‘omanut’ enhances ’emunah’, how art adds wonder to faith. [1]

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We are reminded of ohr (light) from Genesis to Revelation. From G-d’s work in creation –  Let there be Light (Genesis 1:3) to the fulfillment of Isaiah’s prophecy in the book of Revelation – And the city has no need of the sun or of the moon to shine on it, for the glory of G-d has illumined it, and its lamp is the Lamb (chapters 21 and 22). G-d is light. [2]

G-d’s light – lights our way, overcomes darkness, illuminates the shadows in our lives, encourages us, warms us, blankets us with compassion, stirs us, delivers us, and causes us to grow.

His light shines into our past, onto our sufferings, through the 
cracks of our brokenness - restoring, creating new and shining bright.

We know Yeshua, the Word of G-d enfleshed, the Light of the world. And Paul tells us in 2 Corinthians 4:6:

G-d has shone in our hearts the Light of the knowledge of the glory of G-d in the face of Yeshua
(2 Corinthians 4:6).

Yeshua himself tells us to let that light SHINE! (Matthew 5:14-16)

Within each of our hearts G-d has shone His light and planted seeds of possibilities and talents to share His light in a ever darkening world. Keren and I want to invite each of you to explore with us how each Hebrew month reveals a special way to creatively express and share G-ds light / presence with the world around us. How through purposeful creativity we can partner with G-d in tikkun olam – healing and hope to the world.

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Some may be thinking that you are too busy for this – too busy to set apart time to create. We encourage you to think outside the box. There are endless opportunities and possibilities in your everyday life to live artistically and creatively. Edith Schaeffer in her book Hidden Art (of Homemaking) shares, “For many… the areas in which they could be creative have been encased in a cast, and the creative muscles and joints have stiffened with disuse.” Maybe it’s not so much that your creativity has gone unused but that your creativity has simply been overcome by the follies and busy-ness of this world and lie dormant.

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But we have a Father who shines His Light on and through us - removing casts - setting captives free - restoring life to stiffened and dead limbs - making straight, strengthening, healing - and sounding the shofar to those of us who are sleeping - rise up!

We want to encourage each of you (ourselves included) to:

GO! MOVE, DANCE, SPEAK, PAINT, FEED, LISTEN, WRITE, SING, TOUCH, 
EXPLORE, PAUSE, ENCOURAGE, INSPIRE - sharing through your creative works His TRUTH, BEAUTY, HOPE, LOVE, GOODNESS, KINDNESS, GENTLENESS, HEALING, COMPASSION, LAUGHTER, WONDER - - and become these things 
 (2 Cor. 3:18). 

Influence your world to the praise and glory of our Father - SHINE!

Each month, beginning with Nissan (17 March, 2018), Keren and I will share the notes on “Being Holy, Being Whole” and a creative expression from a friend of His-Israel. Each month we ask you to share in our comment section, here on HIS-lSRAEL or on HIS-ISRAEL Facebook page, how you are enjoying the Light of G-d’s Presence and the ways that you are able to creatively and artistically reflect that in your life.

**** Go and tell about the creative song He has given to you.

There is a breath of G-d in every man, a force lying deeper than the stratum of will, and which may be stirred to become an aspiration strong enough to give direction and even to run counter to all winds. [4]

Blessed are you oh Lord our G-d Creator of the universe. How marvelous and great are your works! Thank you for surrounding us with beauty and wonder and thank you for your Presence which sustains us and enables us to be holy and whole.

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Pray with us:
Abba, Father, open our eyes, so we can see. Stir and strengthen our hearts, so we can move.
Open our lips Lord that we may raise our voice and sing a never ending song of praise to You.
Abba, inspire and bless our work, infusing it with Your Spirit to reflect Your truth, Your good, Your beauty, Your love, Your wonder, Your hope and bring about Your purpose.
May our work carry with it the song of your mercy and grace, your restoration and healing.
Through our work, Abba, may others see clearly Truth and from Truth – hope and vision.
Abba, may the works of our hands touch others – to give food to the hungry, water to those who thirst, sight to the blind, balm to the hurting, healing to the sick.
Reveal to us the beauty of Your holiness, a revelation of You our Creator!
Abba, may the works of our hands bring a smile to your face.
Thank you, thank you, thank you Abba that you have called us to partner with you in this Kingdom work!
Abba, Father, we love you so much!

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Literature, painting, and sculpting are able to bring to fruition all the spiritual concepts engraved in the depths of the human spirit, and so long as one brush is missing, which is stored away in the depths of the spirit – which ponders and feels – but has not been realized, there is still an obligation on the purposeful work to realize it.

The matter is self-evident, that only these treasuries, when they are opened, will sweeten the air of all existence. It is good and beautiful to open them. [3]

 

Photos are of some of my (Cindy’s) ‘openings’ over the last year.

* My creative expression of Gan Eden (The Garden of Eden).

** This is a piece I made through a cry to our Abba about how far from Truth and how angry the world has become. He reminded me of Micah 6:8.

*** A piece created in response to the warmth and light of G-d at a special moment in my life.

**** I made this piece hoping to encourage myself and others to boldly sing the life song(s) our Abba has given us.

***** This piece was the first ‘opening’ to me last year when I had a revelation of the overwhelming Presence of G-d.

****** This piece was created in part with sand and shells – treasures collected from one of my explores on the Gulf – asking our Abba to help me love passionately both the people and the things that He loves.

1. Rabbi Sacks, Vayakhel (5771) – G-d’s Shadow
2. See Exodus 10:23, Psalm 27:1, Isaiah 9:2, 2 Corinthians 4:6, 1 John 1:5…
3. Rav Kook, as related by Dr. Benjamin Levin 1901
4. Abraham Heschel, The Call of Transcendence, p 79

6 thoughts on “BEING CREATIVE and sharing our Creator’s OHR KADOSH – Holy Light

    • Oh ((((Jenny)))) you truly are! You share the most lovely pictures on facebook – you have an eye for capturing beauty and from the pictures of your yard you must have a green thumb. In the month of Shevat we will be touching on taste – I can’t help but think of the pictures of your mouth watering muffins and cinnamon knots – maybe you could share some more of your creative recipes with us!

  1. Hi Cindy!

    Yes…our AWEsome HaShem has given us gifts unimaginable to praise and glorify Him. When He brings heaven down to earth someday, we’ll probably realize ALL the things we could have done to share His nature and infinite goodness to the world but did not.

    Your artistic expressions are wonderful to see and experience. I am going back to “the Garden” and allowing HaShem to release all those creative juices as well because the world needs Tikvah (hope), Joy and more through all those who proclaim His Name.

    Thank you to you and Keren for being inspirational in this way!

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