Spiritual Practice


Addie Williams & Torie Seagraves

When my grandfather died, I grieved. Even now, I sometimes feel sad when I think of him; but believing that he is in heaven helps to ease my pain.

Grandfather painting 1 FtrMy grandfather was an artist who specialized in watercolor paintings. He could mix paints to make just the right colors and seemed to find peace in recreating images with his brushes and watercolors.

God is the master artist. From tiny caterpillars to huge mammoths, every living thing is made unique by God. Whenever my family and I watch a sunrise or sunset and marvel at the beautiful colors, we like to think that Grandfather and God painted it together. God gave Grandfather his gifts, so the idea that, even in heaven, he is using them to glorify God gives me peace and assurance. It wouldn’t surprise me if my grandfather were taking watercolor lessons from God right now.

—Addie Williams, 20


All shall give as they are able, according to the blessing of the Lord your God that he has given you.
Deuteronomy 16:17 (NRSV)

ACT ON IT: Having a talent for art is one thing; using it to make a real difference is another. God gives us talents so that we may do God’s will and serve God and others with our talents. Whether your talents include painting, photography, sculpting, drawing, dancing, singing, playing music, drama, needlework, scrapbooking, woodworking, or digital design, use them to give the world a new view of life by giving glory to God.

—Torie Seagraves, 16

Photo courtesy of Addie Williams

—from devozine (September/October 2015). Copyright © 2015 by The Upper Room®. All rights reserved.

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