Romans 1:20 (NRSV)
‘For ever since the creation of the world his eternal power and divine nature, invisible though they are, have been understood and seen through the things he has made.’
Interestingly, when I searched for a definition of ‘creation’, the first statement read: ‘the action or process of bringing something into existence’. The second one read: the creating of the universe, especially when regarded as an act of God’. For me, creativity as a Christian is allowing opportunities for God’s Spirit to work. It’s an opening up and making things new. It gives endless, refreshing and joyful possibilities to us in our Christian witness.
My daughter now lives in Calgary, Canada and there are over 99 Christian denomination churches and a staggering three very large new church buildings being erected in the city limits, as well as a brand new Roman Catholic church whose footprint was larger than any cathedral I’ve seen in the UK! Evidence no doubt of a powerful creative Spirit led witness of the Gospels in today’s world!
In Calgary, seeing small children protesting about our, yes our, stewardship of the world they are to inherit and listening, seeing and praying together with aboriginal people in their healing, peace and reconciliation centre, I was strongly reminded to truly value, the created world that God gifted to us.
In large and in small ways we are called to live our Gospel truths, justly and creatively, whether down on the street, or building a community garden, becoming an eco church, sharing the baking and breaking of bread, or any number of expressions of being church today. We owe it to those coming after us to care about creation and so in this season of Pentecost let’s feel encouraged to use our creativity to give opportunities for the Spirit to make things fresh and new!
Rev Angela Lawson, Minister at Stainland and Holywell Green United Reformed Church