Let the Artists Gently Lead Us

In the midst of an historic week in our country, I’ve found my gaze drawn away from the news and toward the artists.

At first it was somewhat by accident. Scrolling through Instagram, I came across Christa Wells singing and her voice brought me to tears.

Then I read a quote from a poet, then a lyric from a song. Each time, the tears came.

I couldn’t explain those tears, couldn’t name the precise reason for them. Part of it is sadness over the division that exists in our country and part of it, if I’m honest with you, is this stubborn, silly hope I have for the United States, for her people, and for the future.

I just can’t help it.

I’ve always said tears are tiny messengers sent from the deepest part of who we are, carrying with them a most important message: Here is where your heart beats strong. Here is a hint to your design.

And so this week I’m paying attention to what makes me come alive and turning to face the artists on purpose, to listen to what their voices and words and crafts and melodies have to say.

Here’s what I found so far:

Christa Wells sings “This is My Father’s World” on Instagram.

Christa Wells

Author Sally Lloyd-Jones writes simple truth about the future, faith, and hope in her book, Thoughts to Make Your Heart Sing. (source: Sally Lloyd-Jones Instagram)

Thoughts to Make Your Heart Siing

Michael VanPatter creates kind t-shirt designs. Here’s where you can get your own. (Source: Slant Design and Handcraft).

Slant Design - Michael VanPatter

Jason Windsor plays The Doxology. (Video source:  Jason Windsor).

With three young children at home, Maggie Whitley returns to creating with her hands, something she never regrets doing.

Maggie Whitely Designs

These two books have been close by at all times: A Timbered Choir, poems by Wendell Berry and Hearing God by Dallas Willard.

Let the Artists Gently Lead Us

Has an artist brought comfort, inspiration, or hope into your world this week? We would love to hear about it in the comments.

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