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The creative life
CREATIVITY —for some of us it could be an intimidating word! Famous names from the arts and the sciences come quickly to mind. Michelangelo. Copernicus. Rembrandt. Beethoven. Einstein. Picasso.
Names like those could make us feel small and insignificant. But creativity can be expressed in so many different ways in our life. The astute businessman or businesswoman who found a useful product and devised an innovative way to market it, is an example of that. The teacher who discovered a better way to convey ideas, and to make his subject alive to his pupils, is also expressing creativity. And on a different level, and perhaps in a deeper way, the young children who see beauty and wonder in everything surrounding them, are teaching us to recognize and cherish a creative approach to life itself.
Creativity is more than devising ways of doing things. In its higher meaning, it is discovery. It is the art of seeing, and making plain to others, as well as to ourselves, the richness, perfection, and beauty of life. We all possess the gift of creativity. It is God-given and inherent in each one of us.
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The creative life
with contributions from Isabelle Cunningham, Margie Middendorf, Claudia Renner, Glenn W. McCullough, Mary Allyene McKinley
Items of interest
with contributions from Carol Throntveit, Joan D. Chittister, Christina M. Puchalski, Russell Stannard, Dayton Fandray
Witness to creation
By Sara Terry Gabrels
By Gail Gilliland
Spiritual tones—thoughts of a jazz pianist
Painting as prayer
By Simona Gerasimova
Mental chemistry and healing
By Richard Requarth
Through a time capsule, the past speaks to the present
By Rosalie E. Dunbar
Name removed by request
Prayer proves itself reliable
John de V. Sadleir
A mom and a daughter pray together
Kelsey Johnson with contributions from Kimberly Johnson
Everything fell into place
God was in charge
Virginia M. Chadwick
Restored through prayer
Thomas A. Gutnick
When things feel hopeless ... try mercy
By Milika Nevárez
Why people don't give up