Crafting with the Lord
In the hot summers of 2003 and 2004, I was a summer camp counselor in Southern California. But I didn't really have a group. The entire camp was my group, because I was the arts and crafts instructor! We began each day of camp as a whole, and the kids would get so excited because, after the Lord’s prayer, it was time for activities, and thus my day began. The arts and crafts room always started out clean, but by the end of the day it was clear how much work everyone had been doing.
Arts and crafts was the creative center of the camp. It was there that we studied lanyard-making (starting them on the rings was the hardest part!), tie-dye, beading and so many other ways to make bright, colorful reflections of the joys of a childhood summer. I’ll never forget sitting in the big field, baking under the hot sun, teaching the kids about Christ and crafting. We were popsicle stick carpenters.
Both faith and crafts require us to be patient. They require work. Through our work, we reward ourselves, and the camper so often gives away the fruits of this work. But isn’t the best part of making something giving it to someone else and seeing the joy on their faces?
This is the beauty of crafting, and this is why I’ve continued doing it, and this is why I’m proud to be a part of the Craft of Faith. Crafting is an incredible way to learn about working with our hands and our hearts.