Friday, December 3, 2010

Acts of Creation

posted by Rebecca J. Carlson

A couple days ago I skipped my writing time for a jam session with a bluegrass guitarist, the father of a friend of mine who had come to visit Hawaii for Thanksgiving. After we'd tried for a while to find the place where Celtic Harp meets Mountain Music, he and his wife harmonized this song for me. I listened with tears streaming down my face. I'd like to dedicate this to all my writing friends:

Acts of Creation
Lyrics and melody ©1993 by Catherine Faber:

You can tell it on the mountain, in the valley far below,
But you needn't tell the craftsmen what they already know,
From the author at her keyboard, to the woodwright at his lathe
Every act of creation is an act of faith!

From the rancher mending fences with the wire she has found,
To the farmer on his tractor putting seed-corn in the ground,
In this world of hate and anger, when it's easy to destroy,
Every act of creation is an act of joy!

So we work on art and music, though we know it will be flawed.
Yet in striving to do better, we are reaching out to God.
We are reaching for perfection, and it's not beyond our scope:
Every act of creation is an act of hope.

Though you work with words or music, living things, or stone or glass,
If you don't love what you're making, it will never come to pass.
From the paintings of a child, to the works of God above,
Every act of creation is an act of love.


  1. Love the lyrics! Thanks for sharing. :)

  2. That is really cool! You are so lucky to know people like that. Thanks for posting it so we can experience it, too.

  3. This is fantastic. I am so sharing this. :)

  4. very powerful lyrics. love it! hope you had a very happy hawaiian thanksgiving! :)

  5. Amen! It's sure good to hear a song applauding creation (and I loved the line about the author at her keyboard). Thanks for sharing it!


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