Creativity is a gift from the Creator to His creation.
Joseph Pearce, in his book Tolkien: Man of Myth shares with us Tolkien’s inspiring thought that because God is a creator we are creators as well, sub-creators reflecting our Father. Through art, music, story, etc., we can shine forth the creative goodness and truths of the nature of our God.
For Tolkien, that expression took the form of myth. For him, myth was not a leap from reality but a leap into reality.
“We have come from God, and inevitably the myths woven by us, though they contain error, will also reflect a splintered fragment of the true light, the eternal truth that is with God. Indeed only by myth-making, only by becoming ‘sub-creator’ and inventing stories, can Man aspire to the state of perfection that he knew before the Fall.”
― J.R.R. Tolkien
All art, in some way, directly or in reverse, expresses something of the glory and truth of God, – even if the artist does not believe, it seeps through. If “we have eyes to see” and we are willing to “Ascribe to the Lord the glory due His name.” (Psalm 29:2), then we can see.
The Thread is a place where we can share that glory of God; visual, musical and written expressions are a welcome contribution. If you are moved to create a reflection of what you find in The Grace of Rain and would like to share it here, feel free to send me a copy through email@example.com and I will consider posting it here.
Enjoy expressing Him today… P29:2