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Kathy's Faith Walk

Honoring God with art

My little nuclear family is a blessing to me on so many levels.

We are five in all with Mom, Dad, and three kids. Made up of artists and musicians, our home is lively and creative. At any given moment, somewhere in the house music will be playing; someone will be singing; someone will be creating something. The love of both art and music are considered gifts from God in our home; gifts to be nurtured and used in a way that gives honor back to God rather than being consumed on ourselves. And that honor can come in many forms.

My oldest daughter, the artist, used her skills to create murals in an orphanage in Mexico on her short term there. Now her artistic bend allows her to mix and match beautiful outfits of clothing for just the right look. How can that give honor to God? By her serving manner, her smile and her kindness as she helps each person discover what they need.

My younger daughter loves to sing. Even when she is just practicing it is joy to me. What mother gets pieces of  “Phantom of the Opera” sung to her while making dinner? Some Sundays I get to see her leading worship through singing at our church gathering and I am amazed at the look of peace on her face. She is some place in God’s presence and her gift to the congregation is to take them there too.

My son is a musician. To him, every rhythm, every sound, every note is a thread just waiting to be worked into the fabric of a musical composition no matter how simple, or complicated. This is reasonable to him because God releases something in music. There will never be an end to new compositions simply because there is no end to God, from whom it all flows. The blessing to others comes when these pieces intend to bless, nurture, encourage, restore, and comfort. Everything he knows about God’s character can be expressed through music.

My husband plays his guitar at the church gatherings also and is a blessing to those who are able to meditate on the Lord and enter into worship because of the music. But he is also a drywall contractor and it is amazing how much art is involved in his job. He pieces rock together like a puzzle and then places a covering over it, decorated with a texture of the homeowners’ choosing. Every home is different. Every drywall texture is a little different too. Matching a homeowner to the proper texture is art. Because of this unique relationship he is also often able to spend quite a lot of time with his clients getting to know them and their life circumstances. Some are faced with cancers; some with the loss of loved ones. Some are in a faith crisis or at a life crossroad. Most just need a word of encouragement and to be reminded that God loves them. This, too, brings honor to God.

My little nuclear family is a blessing to me because they have found ways to bless others. Once again, the peace and contentment Jesus intended for those who follow him has found its way into our lives just by loving God, and loving people.

 

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Kathy Osborne Kathy Osborne is the editor of the Co Op Country Store's newspaper, the Co Op Round-Up. In her spare time she checks in on her three grown children, or listens to her husband play music.

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