Being Handmade — Becoming Ourselves

More handmade Ocean Creatures

Good Morning, God!

My Introduction to Jewelry Fabrication class is over, and I have to wait until January 24th to make more sea creatures. Only the starfish was made from a clean piece of copper. All the others were found in the scrap bin and worked with.

The top “fish” (in photo at left) was discovered just at the end of the last class. It was just a rectangle with a circular indentation almost in the center. I picked it up and thought — squid? Or maybe barracuda? Off I went to the giant metal cutter to open its mouth and give it a tail. Then the eyes! One for each side. Each eye is different so that the one in the top photo looks sort of aggressive. The other side does look slightly confused.

The other side -- looks slightly confused and slow

I can’t help but notice the spiritual analogy, God. You seem delighted to pick us up out of the “scrap heap” and fashion us into New Creatures. All of us  are “handmade,” so to speak.

That’s not what our schools — sometimes even our families — seem to want.  A certain uniformity is sought or expected. We are to be bright and shiny — polished and glossy — successful. I suppose that is part of what led to the Grunge and Goth looks.

I don’t think there is a conscious attempt to turn us out like widgets from an assembly line. After all, Creativity is one of our culture’s values — along with novelty.  But, that isn’t quite the same as being helped to discover our talents and passions. Or having someone look into us and “see” something that longs to express itself.

You do that, God! You really see us — see what we can become. And You Delight in helping “fabricate” us! Thank YOU!

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