Artful Obedience, even in the worst of times

Jan Richardson writes in In the Sanctuary of Women 

“In her book Walking on Water: Reflections on Faith and Art, Madeleine L’Engle writes about Mary, the mother of Jesus – a woman who, like Harriet Powers [an emancipated slave and quiltmaker], knew what it meant to proclaim the good news with the creative means she had at hand. For Mary, proclamation came not only in the form of a song that we have come to know as the Magnificat; it also came in her own being, in giving her own self, her own body, to bear God into the world. …

In the creative process, being obedient to the work, as L’Engle describes, calls us to trust that the work knows more than we ourselves know. Exerting too much control over the process can damage the work and us as well. Artful obedience requires intention and discernment. It requires attention to the demands of the work, to its rhythms and needs, and to the mystery that lies at its heart.”

And sometimes, the swirl of circumstances prohibits waiting. It demands that we break the rules to obey the law. The work of prayer invites the One who knows more than we know and loves more than we ever can.

prayer out loud
Praying for the lost, the found and the rest in Oklahoma today.


About wlebolt

Life comes at you fast. I like to catch it and toss it back. Or toss it up to see where it lands. I do my best thinking when I'm moving. And my best writing when I am tapping my foot to a beat no one else hears. Kinesthetic to the core.

Posted on May 22, 2013, in Body, In Action and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Mary Anne Noland

    Did I ever tell you(I probably did) about the most amazing week I ever spent? It was on a retreat with Madeleine L’Engle. If you haven’t read them, her Crosswick Journals are very good.

    • You did mention spending time with her. How I would love to just sit at her feet…I have read most of her work I think including the wonderful Crosswick Journals. Her wisdom, expressed as art in such an accessible medium, has been guidance for me since I can remember. A Wrinkle In Time lit a fire under me that no earthly hydrant can put out.

      And, of course, there’s the story of how no publisher would have her…at first…
      Thanks for reading and writing 🙂

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