The Message Board, Fall 2017
By Kyle Hooks
Photography Lord & Hooks Photography
The light wasn’t very good the first day.. There weren’t many hikers, either. So the first day, I focused on my first goal. And I prayed. I hiked with Jesus. I sang to him. I cried a lot. I’m sure I looked crazy. But since I was recovering from a mood disorder, I didn’t care.
The light was still pretty bland the second day as I hiked up to the summit. But I met a family from Guatemala and a couple from England and a pair of friends from Germany. They all asked the same question: “Are you up here alone?” Nope. I’m meeting a friend at the top. Can I tell you about Him?
Art is the product of a human who, in their divine likeness, creates something unnecessary and objectively beautiful according to God’s standard. Art is when we do what God did because we’re made in his image.
His work through Jesus in restoring the image we have so warped requires communication with him. It is accomplished through faith in Jesus and his the finished work. It is expressed in art.
That’s why Create magazine exists. Paradoxically, we don’t need to create, but we have to create because of what we are: humans created in the image of a creative God.