Sweet Jesus, did you carve statues of the saints in your life,
the ones whom you admired and who inspired you most?
Did you create beautiful objects as a form of prayer,
to celebrate beauty, to co-create with God?
Did your creativity spill out into painting,
drawing, poetry, or music?
Were you good in the kitchen, baking and cooking creations
around which love would be celebrated and shared?
Are you creating through me now, through my life,
my work, my play, my prayer, my desires?
No question all the relationships in my life are colored,
are created and sustained in you.
Are you keeping some secret scrapbook
that you will show me in heaven,
and do you anticipate with excitement what we will create today?
And so I ask that I may never thwart your creative energy
out of resistance or fear,
but rather let your love be expressed through me
to weave a tapestry of joy in the world.
Praise you, Jesus—now and forever!