Over at MakeJesusCulture.com Aaron Keyes spoke about sorrow and how you work through that in a team in order to walk through hard issues together as you create: how living life among and with one another actually girds up a household of creatives that they may live out a fuller, Christlike resilience in the teeth of suffering.
In the background, while he spoke hung the great wave of Kanagawa. The wave creates a great piece of chaos swirling into order right around the center of this woodblock print by Katsushika Hokusai. The rogue wave or tsunami looms over a series of small fishing boats off the coast, Mount Fuji in the background. The sun’s rising over the mountain even though giant storm clouds hang over the sky while these thirty fish shippers await their fate. Yet hope lingers in the sunrise and the mountain.
All this sits in the background while Aaron Keyes gave his talk about how we need a community to walk us through grief: thirty fishermen riding the great wave, its foam breakers and boomers reaching like claws over the mountain, over the symbol of Japan’s national identity and its rising sun.
How does riding with one another through the storm actually help us move forward through grief?
How does sitting with a friend help us in suffering?
How do artists and makers – in particular – need community as much as or more than anyone? I mean, if relationships form the bedrock of our work, then how does our work languish when we do it in isolation like hobbits stuck in our little holes out on the edge of the empire?
*For further reading in the Bible: 2nd Corinthians 1; Psalm 69; Romans 12:1 – 12:15
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