May 7, 2021
“In the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth, the earth was a formless void and darkness covered the face of the deep, while a wind from God swept over the face of the waters. Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light.” So begins the story of creation in the Judeo-Christian scriptures. In the middle of darkness and chaos, the Creator calls light into being.
As I look at our world today, I see so much darkness—the unending consequences of a global pandemic; the horror in India and in other countries still caught in Covid’s grasp; deep political, ethical, and moral division in the States; a lack of concern for what kind of environment, what kind of creation, we will leave not-so-distant generations; prejudices and biases coming forth in all their ugliness and woundedness, and much more. Often in the face of so many shadows, I can feel hopeless, defeated. After all, what can one person do to change the world so that it becomes as the Creator intended, attuned to Divine Love and abiding within the welcome and compassion of the Creator’s heart? One answer is that the person can imitate the Creator and simply create.
As a poet who paints not by numbers but by words, I believe that art can, indeed, change the world by touching the heart and offering hope. The act of creation can become the light that shines in the darkness, so that when all we can see is darkness, we can turn our eyes toward a poem, a painting, a sculpture, a garden, a beautifully laid table, a piece of woodwork, a quilt, a single yellow rose in a vase and remember where we come from and who we are. Within us is ruach, the ancient breath that blew across the waters and ignited the light and which still blows, kindles, and ignites. We are all creators of some sort, and the world needs us now.
If you are reading this blog, you are either a blogger yourself or a friend or relative. You appreciate words and so writing may be your craft. Then please write. Maybe you paint, or you know the exact corner in which to place a chair so that the light catches it patterns. Then paint and decorate. Perhaps you garden, and your light is found in tending each plant that delights our sight. Thank you. Or you have the skill of cooking, which I do not, but which I greatly appreciate when it is shared. Maybe you are an engineer or doctor or other technical person and your art is turning technology into miracles. I appreciate you. We all have the ability to create because we are made in the image of THE Creator, who created out of nothing but desire and love, who created in order to bring Light into darkness.
So, I encourage you to take the leap of faith and scatter your creative seeds wherever they may land, on whomever they may land. If you are creating, please continue. Production and success are not what matter—only the offerings of beauty, love, and light. ~ Blessings, Rosemary
Everything you need is promised
in the single leap of faith
to trust the direction of your heart
and commit to it with wonder.
In the single leap of faith
jump into your art with desire
and commit to it with wonder
make vow to the journey of yourself.
Jump into your art with desire
no experience, expertise, or outside voices
make vow to the journey of yourself
as it weaves its way into creation.
No experience, expertise, or outside voices
to snag you or hold you back
trust the direction of your heart
everything you need is promised.
© Rosemary McMahan
One thought on “Let There Be . . .”
As neither a poet nor a painter and a tiny garden which I adore, I take great delight and much joy in creation around me. I am part of the Garden Congregation for Morning Prayer with Dean Robert of Canterbury Cathedral and the gardens, animals, birds and daily reflections bring light into the darkness. Thank you, Rosemary for the light you bring through your postings. Blessings!
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