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Eric's Sunday Sermon; The Art of God

Holding degrees in philosophy and Law. Formal studies or certificates or degrees in business, theology, insurance and security. Ex-preacher.

God's Artistry

Bless the children as they bless us.

Bless the children as they bless us.

In The Natural

The Art of God Begins in nature. That art of God is straight forward with human influence. Wonderful Canyons and peaks and lakes and rivers. Beaches and desert. A snowflake is truly art of God. But there are different works that reflect the art of God. A baby’s birth is clearly and the labor of love and both are miracles, performed by the earthly humans. A housepainter may just be and should be an artist of his trade. Let us look at the art of God.

While I truly love the art that God creates through man. I think I favor a good nature canvas and color and depth. Most who read this can conjure up memories of nature’s colors that were so deep they were somewhat above our comprehension. Or perhaps so light like a blonde newborns hair.

I get up early. In the dawn I look westward. As it becomes light the western sky is like a rainbow deal. Dark blue at the bottom and light blue at the top with varying hues of orange in between. Every day it is breathtaking and the anticipation of getting to watch that very special, more orange than yellow sunrise makes your whole day a joyful anticipation of God’s art working in your life. Just grab a box of popcorn and witness His creation as it comes to life.

I grew up in nature. A two mile adventure away from home in the untouched canyon of Oak Creek was not unusual even at eleven years old. Picking the right rock and turning it over would yield an amazing microcosm of life. High on the canyon walls would bring views over one hundred miles away, the great macrocosm. Learning even the scientific names for plants as taught to me by my fine mentor Jim David brought the flora and fauna into exact focus. Smell, touch and sight were heightened in distinguishing different plants even in the dark.

And what of the heavens? How fortunate I have been to know well many many constellations which is no match to taking in the millions with wide eyes at the astonishing glory. Perhaps the perfect snowflake landing on your nose is a close second to such marvels.

One of my most favorite past times is tracking. The awareness of nature around you is a critical factor. What does it eat, what weather does it come out in and what relation to the sun and moon and water.

God gave us dominion over such things. He has a plan. And we will never know it.

He'll Lift You Up

Oak Creel In October

At my mom's memorial.

At my mom's memorial.

Man's Art as Given By The Creator

We must remember that we are also natural. God created us. It is told that He created us in his image. Does that mean we are like Him or that He is like us? Never mind. So man is also charged with creating art as God has. My dad the physician told me once that he did not practice medicine, he practiced the art of healing. And he was board certified in neurology and psychiatry. So he meant more than just disease of the body, but also the mind and spirit of a patient. For sure there is some of that art in all of us. The mother with a child with a skinned knee or the best friend, or even stranger who is there with a shoulder to cry on. We all help to mend people and that is one of the arts of love. The art of loving oneself is paramount to health.

Oh the painter! Every fall my mother would yank me out of school to visit the mountain aspens as they turned colors. Glorious to say the least. I would frolic after I helped her with her easle and stuff. She was a wonderful painter. You could see the joy in her face as she created with paints in the splendor of nature with her youngest running about laughing and playing. Yes the hot cocoa she had created added to the art.

The musician. Wow what joy their art brings us. One of my best ever friends, Dave Stilley was a fine artist of music, I could and did listen to his piano for hours and hours. My eldest son is the leader of a band and can play just about any instrument save the brass and reads, though he plays a mean flute. My young son at ten has composed three songs of his own. And regales me with recitals by ear. They all spent and spend hours and hours honing their craft and creating their art. God created them all. And they create His art of man.

I write. I love to write. I have written for a living for well over thirty years. From technical manuals to Supreme Court briefs to poems to sermons. It is a gift my maker gave me. God gives us and gives freely. Like forgiveness and grace and his love. But I think not gifts of art. I think those gifts must be earned. A man must strive and even suffer for his art. Sometimes it is just downright hard to work at it. I have no choice but to write every day for a significant time. God requires it of me. This is not a gift to be hidden. This is not a gift for free. Whether you be a plumber or a house painter or nurse or teacher. That is the gift given you and you must earn it on a daily basis.

God's Canyon

What a blessing.

What a blessing.

The Miracle of a Rainbow

The Finest Art of All

And what of this thing we call love. Not necessarily to be earned but rather it is a “just is”. Every single person ever born was born with a capacity to love. Oh to be sure many are also born with the capacity to hate, or maybe everyone is. Perhaps it would be fair to say that loving is doing God’s art. I know if feel the best bestest when I love. I know I pray to do God’s will several times a day. There probably is a connection there. Seems like it to me.

Random or familiar people give me love. That is wonderful. So I work at that craft to do the same to others. It is required that I spend some significant time each day practicing the art of love. I must hone the skills, regrettably for me, often by trial and error. Ouch! My love requires that I not only talk the talk but walk the walk. Action is required like my mom putting brush to canvass. Like the figure skater who brings much joy and love to others. Yes we are works of the divine’s art.

Art must be done for the sake of the art. Looking for return of appreciation or pay will simply not yield the art which God ordained. For sure that is true with the art of love. Doing it with the expectations of return my just not be loving at all. Although I do love return love.

I have this picture in my head about Jesus with a child on his lap. Surely I say to you that the epitome of love is loving the child. This creates love in them and completes our cycle of life.

I see radiance in folks working their talent of love. It is a glow to behold. Treasure which can be stored up in heaven. I beg of you to put the art of love into all that you do.

Comments

Eric Dierker (author) from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on January 19, 2021:

Peggy, you can understand just how wonderful my childhood was. At that time most the streets in Sedona were dirt. And there were still horse troughs outside of stores.Those were the good old days and these are the great new ones.

Eric Dierker (author) from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on January 19, 2021:

Jason you add mighty truths, thank you. When we realize we are made of love life just plain old becomes better.

Eric Dierker (author) from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on January 19, 2021:

Mary a true blessing when I do the art God has given me to do, is that I reflect on His love for us. It is just part of the deal.

And it is icing on the cake to have the love of so many like you.

Eric Dierker (author) from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on January 19, 2021:

Devika it kind of goes like this for me. If I am full of love and act like it, it is a good day. If I fail to it is a bad day. Nature is my daily teacher.

Eric Dierker (author) from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on January 19, 2021:

right on Clive - he never lets me down. IZ did a great rendition.

Eric Dierker (author) from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on January 19, 2021:

Pamela if you start to hide your talents I will hustle over your way and spank your nurses behind. What gifts of knowledge of your art of nursing you bring.

Eric Dierker (author) from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on January 19, 2021:

Yes Bill I am afraid that ship has sailed down one of your flooded streets. But it sure as hell is for me.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on January 19, 2021:

It is no wonder that you have an appreciation of nature growing up so close to Oak Creek Canyon. The scenery in that part of our country is nothing short of spectacular! It is surely hard to beat nature or the wonder of a new child as gifts from God. Keep writing your inspiring pieces, and let's all address our days and the people in them with more love.

Eric Dierker (author) from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on January 19, 2021:

Ann a good buddy and I were talking about acting right today. We reflected that our older children tell us things we taught them 30 years ago.Thank God we were sober of spirit, what a gift that is.

Eric Dierker (author) from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on January 19, 2021:

Manatita my youngest still speaks before thinking and does without thinking. I just get to get out of the way and let God show him the path. I just love it.

Eric Dierker (author) from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on January 19, 2021:

Dora i got to attend a sunrise prayer meeting this morning. Talk about starting your day off right! I often think of all the love you give and it makes me happy.

Eric Dierker (author) from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on January 19, 2021:

Linda that is a lovely comment. You and I are so in love with life. So happy to have you as a friend.

Linda Lum from Washington State, USA on January 19, 2021:

Oh Eric, this is perfection. I've often looked at a sunrise (or sunset), or autumn leaves, or any of a thousand other wonders on Earth and found myself thinking "if Earth can be this beautiful, what will Heaven be like?"

The love of a child is so pure and honest--they are without guile and expect nothing in return for their love. It humbles me and brings me to tears to be loved like that. That love, that pure unassuming love is God's greatest creation, and in that we do reflect His image.

Jason Behm from Cebu, Philippines on January 19, 2021:

Indeed, we are one of God's Arts, part of the nature.And that as his art, we also are capable to bring wonders to other work of art in way of love. We are love and so, we should love and spread love. Thanks for this my friend..

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on January 19, 2021:

What a great reminder that our art is an extension of the Art of God and how we need to work on the art of love especially these days. Thank you.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on January 19, 2021:

Hi Eric this is amazing! A wonder of life and nature and you share the love you have to all of us here on Hubpages.

Clive Williams from Jamaica on January 19, 2021:

Jesus is the best Artist. And that song over the rainbow is my favorite (one of)

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on January 19, 2021:

This is a wonderful sermon Eric. I love nature also That canyon picture takes my breath away. I really like your message today as our talents are to be appreciated, and love is the most important thing we have to give to anyone.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on January 19, 2021:

If I could write like God can create nature, I would be a best-seller author. As it is, I only catch glimpses of that sort of beauty in a sentence or two. Still, not bad for a mere mortal, eh?

Beautiful message, my friend.

Ann Carr from SW England on January 19, 2021:

Eric, this is such a potent and important message. We should never take our gifts for granted, we have to earn them every day. And we have to use the gift of love every day - my grandchildren teach me that every time I see them, for I can see what a difference it makes to them.

Beautiful sermon, Eric! You are spreading that love by writing like that.

Ann

manatita44 from london on January 19, 2021:

Indeed! We can also look into the innocence and spontaneity of children to help us with that Love. A Beautiful piece!

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on January 19, 2021:

Eric, I think that is is one of your best sermony sermons. I always look for a deep truth to take away. This is not the only one, but the one I take today: "We all help to mend people and that is one of the arts of love." You're right up there with the most consistent menders.

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