Being creative, being human, being in lockdown

A ‘thought for the week’ from my colleague in the Lordsbridge Team, Revd Priscilla Slusar.

I wonder how you are coping with lockdown.  The media is full of suggestions about how we can survive the present situation.  This includes taking regular exercise, organising your work station at home, maintaining contact with friends through phone-calls or zoom meetings, and setting a routine for the day.  The trouble is that these things don’t always work out as planned.  I’m sure that many of you have faced internet problems or children interrupting your work programme or cold and wet weather when the last thing you want to do is go out for your daily walk.

In our household one thing that has helped is trying to do one creative thing each day.  My husband’s creative flair comes through cooking and baking – and I benefit from this!  Of course, it doesn’t always turn out exactly as he had hoped, but I can’t say anything otherwise I’d have no food on the next day.

My creativity is expressed through sewing, and I have tried to do some each day.  This has included embroidery, making clothes for our grandchildren or making patchwork quilts.  During the first lockdown I was able to make a whole wardrobe of clothes for my niece’s new baby.  Recently I have made a tiara for our granddaughter and a crown for our grandson out of pieces of felt and scraps of fabric.  You can see that the items produced are sometimes quite bizarre.  But the variety of things has kept me occupied and entertained during a difficult time.

So, what is your creative interest?  Is it gardening, painting, writing poetry, DIY, or something else? 
I believe we are made in the image of God and God is the great creator of the universe, so each one of us should have a creative streak – part of our essential humanity – that we can tap into to help us through lockdown.  I hope that your creativity may blossom and bring a sense of peace at this challenging time. 

Image by Delyth Williams from Pixabay 

About Alison Myers

I am Team Rector for the Lordsbridge Team of Churches, a cluster of 11 villages west of Cambridge. Within the Team, I am Vicar of Hardwick and Dry Drayton, and Lead Minister for Pioneering Projects.
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