Back at the dawn of time, on a canvas clear,
colour and light emerged: they were your idea!
Spectrum and tone and shade, each subtle tint and hue,
texture and shape and line, they are gifts from you.
Thank-you, creator God, for the joys displayed
by the splashing of light on the worlds you made.

Praise for the eye that pierces the world around,
glimpsing realities that are more profound;
praise for the thoughtful heart, fountain of vibrant joys;
praise for creation's wealth which our art employs;
praise for the skills that harness the gifts of sight,
so that others can see in a different light.

Those who are skilled in art of whatever kind -
share with them, holy God, what is in your mind:
let every gift be used under your Spirit's call,
lifting our hearts to heaven, and enriching all;
so may the works of art that we bring to birth
honour you, and be judged of eternal worth.

Martin E Leckebusch (b.1962)
© Martin E Leckebusch, admin. The Jubilate Group
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