This blog touches on the themes we’ve been looking at previously, but with a twist.
In earlier posts, I spoke of how music can help with the nurture and connection of long distance relationships by aiding with the creating, storing and retrieving of memories and precious moments in our stories. (Of course, you don’t have to be at a distance to enjoy such benefits). I also wrote about how we can use creativity to express uniquely personal aspects of our affections and joint experiences using small artworks and books.
In this post I want to share how these same things can do even more than create beautiful memories or fan the fires of romance and generally be used to build and strengthen relationships. They have potential to heal and restore them as well.
In a recent post for one of my other sites, I wrote a blog called In The Beginning, God Created…and I quote from that when I say, Creativity is the bridge between us that designs connections and links that draw us out of ourselves and into another.
Using music or art or text or craftsmanship of any kind, we can communicate wonderful things that would be almost impossible to express easily in a conversation. If a picture paints a thousand words, then, such things spell out volumes of content. In addition, sometimes due to circumstances, conversations are unlikely or seemingly impossible. Looking for other methods takes creativity.
It’s Father’s Day in the US tomorrow. (Not until September at home in OZ). I wrote this song from the seed of an idea about an estranged relationship. As it unfolded, it spoke more and more deeply to my heart. It ministered to me. It was, and is still, a prayer.
It continues to hold relevance across more than one relationship. It’s a song of accepting responsibility and forgiveness and restoration. It feels like a theme that will see me out the rest of my days. It is the song of the Prodigal returning to his Father.
I pray that as it is played, others like myself will be drawn back and restored to fellowship in their relationships beginning with their Heavenly Father, where they can find healing and forgiveness out of which to address all the others.
When Jesus told us the greatest commandment was to love the Lord your God with all your heart and all your mind and all your soul and all your strength, he followed it up with ‘love your neighbor as yourself’.
When you love God with all your heart, you are then equipped to find the resources within you, to love others because you have known the way God has loved you. Loving yourself doesn’t bring this capacity…loving God does.
Come Home to Your Father this Father’s Day.