I’ll file this one under contemplation and popular culture.
For one of our devotions this week, I decided to work outside the box. This deviation from our usual morning reflection, which is often guided by the Psalms or an encounter with the illustrious writings of Corrie Ten Boom, proved to be one of my better ideas.
I happened to stumble upon the Pluggedin, Movie Nights website from Focus on the Family. When there you can run a search for a variety of worksheets that make for some seriously interesting theological discussions.
For example: a few weeks back we rented the movie ‘How to train your dragon’. Pluggedin ‘Movie Nights’ had this free high quality PDF worksheet, which as I was to discover, not only fit GVL’s criteria for art and theology, but also made for an engaging devotional time with my kids. We talked about how education helps us understand and at times correct our own misunderstandings (not too much unlike what happens in the movie).
This then lead to a deeper look at Paul’s understanding of the Armour of God in Ephesians 6:13-18. Which in turn was followed by an impromptu imagination-fuelled crafting session (or should I say “weapon smithing” session?) using gaff tape, cardboard, masking tape, paint, laminated print outs and a whole lotta grace.
Here are the outcomes of our journey…
A solid-looking weapons cache.
‘therefore put on the WHOLE armour of God, that you may withstand in the evil day, and having done all stand firm…fastening on the belt of truth, breastplate of righteousness, shoes of the gospel of peace…In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; and take up the helmet of salvation, the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God…praying at all times’ (Paul, Eph.6:13-18)
I get these moments of inspiration and even though I am inclined to take all the credit, I need to acknowledge that Father, Son and Spirit is our partner of possibilities, who with us, works out this wonderful journey we term home-schooling.
This experience has reminded me of the important place and relevance art has in our devotional/contemplative life as Christians.