Prayers for Artists

by Alexa Van Dalsem December 14, 2011

In this time of advent, of waiting and anticipation for an amazing creation, I see in the world of writers and artists both waiting and creating. We wait for the time, for the words, for the image, for the brushstroke of our creation. Our creating is a powerful act--bringing us closer to God, to ourselves, to the action--the coming of Jesus Christ as a baby--we are waiting for. We are given a direct path to reflecting God's beauty and praising His most prefect creation.

In an "On Faith" column in the Washington Post, artist and teacher Lauren Rader writes, "Sometimes, when I'm painting, I notice that I am in a deep spiritual place. The movement of my strokes are in rhythm with the piece, my body is moving with the painting. My psyche is fully, but quietly engaged. It seems my soul itself has entered a state of bliss. It feels to me like praying. . . . in working with prayer in art, we are freed from what others think, and left with our own deep personal reflection. . . . Art and prayer are entwined, exclusive of any kind of God, but I find it deep and satisfying. . . .When we make art, we become the art we are making--it's kind of a circle--we work on the art and the art works on us."

She expresses so well the collision of ourselves, God, and art. Creating art is spiritual and brings us closer to God--a "higher plane"--but it is also challenging and delayed and destroyed by our brokenness. Perhaps prayer can help lift us.

This advent season, as we are waiting for Christmas and perhaps for our own creation, I want to pray for all artists. I love these prayers for artists...



From The Book of Common Prayer:
17. For Church Musicians and Artists

O God, whom saints and angels delight to worship in
heaven: Be ever present with your servants who seek through
art and music to perfect the praises offered by your people on
earth; and grant to them even now glimpses of your beauty,
and make them worthy at length to behold it unveiled for
evermore; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


From Prayers of Our Heart by Vienna Cobb Andersen
Prayer for Artists

Bless the creators, O God of creation,
who by their gifts make the world
a more joyful and beautiful realm.
Through their labors
they teach us to see more clearly
the truth around us.
In their inspiration
they call forth wonder and awe
in our own living.
In their hope and vision
they remind us
that life is holy.
Bless all who create in your image,
O God of creation.
Pour your Spirit upon them
that their hearts may sing
and their works be fulfilling.
Amen.

From Venite by Robert Benson
Prayer for Vocation in Daily Work
Deliver us from the service of self alone,
that we may do the work You have given us to do,
in truth and beauty and for the common good,
for the sake of the One who comes among us
as One who serves.
Amen.

Wishing you and your families a season of holy, wondrous, and inspiring waiting and creating. And feel free to share your favorite prayers for artists below! 

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Alexa Van Dalsem
Alexa Van Dalsem

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Alexa Van Dalsem, a grant writer by trade, writes short stories, poetry, a personal blog and, most recently, short movie scripts. In her free time, Alexa enjoys playing with her family and spending time in the great outdoors of her home state, Colorado. Alexa's short story "Black Leather Shoes" was featured in Ruminate's Issue 01: Chewing on Life



4 Responses

Hannah VanderHart
Hannah VanderHart

February 17, 2017

I love the idea of a writer’s advent season, and of finding a writerly/spiritual parallel in the year’s season (or in any and all feast days!). It seems more than vital for an individual to be able to make the connection…though much easier said than done, as with most metaphorical relations.

An inspiring post, Alexa!

sharvon pettway
sharvon pettway

February 17, 2017

Hey thank you for the prayer i needed it

Brianna Van Dyke
Brianna Van Dyke

February 17, 2017

Hi Paulette,

Thank you for your kind words—we’re so glad you stumbled upon Ruminate. Here’s the link with all the submission guidelines and info for submitting your poetry or visual art: http://www.ruminatemagazine.com/submit/submission-guidelines/

Warmly,
Brianna

Paulette Robinson
Paulette Robinson

February 17, 2017

Hi,

I was really blessed by your website. I found the article and prayers for artists very heartfelt. I am an artist, poet, art school teacher and born again Christian. I would love you to have a look at my poems, art and let me know your comments.

Every Blessing
Paulette

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