A Creative Way To Pray

By Danielle Villhard

In the daily hustle and bustle of a college student’s week, it can be difficult to find time to devote to prayer. Last year, when I was a first-year college student, even when I found the time to stop in the chapel, it was difficult to “turn off” my brain long enough to focus on prayer. It was much easier for me to spend my free time on my favorite hobby - drawing. I’ve always been a “visual” learner and thinker, so I wanted an intentional time to set aside for prayer each week, but I wanted to integrate my love for art.

I explained this struggle to a friend, Elyse, who introduced me to Art Prayer, an hour of the week where people gathered to share art supplies, prayer intentions, and intentional time to focus on being creative in their relationship with God. Prompted with a Scripture verse, an inspirational quote, song, or poem, Art Prayer is an hour of quiet music and intentional time for creating and reflecting.

This school year, Elyse and I have taken on the “facilitator” roles of Art Prayer. We provide the prompts and art supplies for those who attend, allowing participants to focus on their reflection and prayer.

Whether you are an aspiring artist or you’ve never picked up a paintbrush, Art Prayer offers a safe, supportive space for reflection and creativity. We always start by saying, “Whether you want to paint a picture or rip up a piece of paper during this time, it is completely up to you, this is time for you and God, not anyone else.”

Art Prayer is a way to use my love for art to grow in my relationship with God. There is something special about coming together, in the spirit of UD community, to create in a supportive environment with people who share a desire for intentional time spent in prayer. My perspective on art has changed as well, Art Prayer has made me recognize the beauty of the process, not the product.

Do you need a break from your busy week? Join us for Art Prayer any Thursday night at 8pm in Liberty Hall 01. All are welcome - no matter your faith background or artistic ability!

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