“…he will wipe every tear from their eyes. Death will be no more; mourning and crying and pain will be no more, for the first things have passed away” (Revelation 21:4).
Many look forward with joy to a day when death is no more. Yet, everyone will experience the pain and grief of bereavement at some point. Engaging with your creative side can bring healing.
Scientists and art therapists have found that taking part in visual arts such as drawing or painting can help you process grief, enabling you to come to terms with your loss and coax out those emotions within you. Expressing yourself through art can help soothe the soul, especially when it’s difficult to find the right words.
Our Creator God delights in people using their creativity, resourcefulness, and talents. Consider the capable wife in Proverbs 31: she harnesses her skills to plant vineyards and sew clothes for her household. She finds joy in the work of her hands. Engaging in a creative project may help you to make sense of your sorrow and draw closer to God.
This message is excerpted from “How creativity can help you move through grief” by Kat Davies from the January 25, 2021, blog of the Women of the ELCA.
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