We cry, we scream, we double over in grief. We ache to the very core of our being.
Sometimes we withdraw, even from those who love us most. Many of us get stuck, especially when we do not have the support or understanding we need to get back up and carry on.
Sometimes we die a slow death inside… but the pain needs to come out. It will not be silent!
There are millions of others filled with pain, with no name or face to us. However, the pain inside of us recognizes their pain and hears it calling our name.
This is why our pain often expresses itself in art: whether it be composing, playing, or singing music; painting or dancing; poetry or writing. It longs to be expressed. It must!
There are others who need to find comfort in it. They need to find the words that will not come inside of them, to find their own voice, to find their way again… to find healing!
When our pain is expressed in these ways, God often uses it to comfort and heal others; and then creates in them something that comforts and heals those whose pain is calling their name too.
And somewhere in this process, to our surprise, when our pain is heard, truly heard and felt, we find our own healing. We find ourselves carrying on and living once again too!
And through God’s grace, even out of death comes life!
This kind of art is different than talent. It is bigger than us. It is a life giving force that comes through us, but is not of us…
This miraculous full circle is Artistic Grace!