I awoke from a dream in which my extended family enjoyed a stay in a huge home located high in the mountains. As I explored this expansive home, my heart leaped with anticipation at the opportunity for us to be together. For you see, when my family gathers, our exchanges often include far more than just friendly chatter. We share our recent artistic pursuits right along with life updates.
This morning I wonder about talent specific fellowship—those priceless times when you exchange faith inspiring stories, life-application scriptures, and current artistic interests. You spend time with others who love what you love; writers nestle next to each other and share insights over computer screens; an auntie and her niece create pen and ink sketches while chatting about their artistic projects.
Your sister helps you set up a photo shoot in her art room for the cover of your new book.
“Aren’t we blessed to have a family full of artists?” I chortle as my sister, daughter, and I create art together.
“Yes we are.” My sister replies.
I also enjoyed talent specific fellowship over the phone with my mother a few days ago.
“I found several writing journals when I was cleaning out cupboards.” The pitch in Mom’s voice dances, excitement hugs every word.
“Really. What’s in them?” I ask.
“Oh, just my musings. But I thought, I should share these with JoDee.”
“I’d love to read them, Mom.”
I’ve always viewed my mother as the quintessential artist and crafter but in recent years, she has unearthed a writer’s life I never knew existed.
She went on to explain some of the pieces in the journals, and I could hear the vulnerability and yet trust in her voice. I knew she had pushed past self-protection to hand these over to me.
These recent situation I had the privilege of participating in have left me wanting more. So I decided to push past my self-protection and join The High Calling’s book club. The task is to read and blog about Breathe for the Bones: Art, Imagination, and Spirit: A Reflection on Creativity and Faith, by Luci Shaw. I’m late. They’re on chapter 5, but I finally listened to my heart’s cajoling to join. I’ll keep you posted as to my reading progress in the weeks to come.
Do you enjoy talent specific fellowship? I’d love to hear your thoughts on the subject and any experiences you’ve enjoyed.