Today is the feast day of St. Luke. You might be saying, "Wait, don't you have a theology blog where you could discuss that?"
Indeed I do, and I also write for the Living Lutheran website, where my current blog post about St. Luke appears. But even if you're not a spiritual sort, you might find all sorts of inspiration from St. Luke.
St. Luke was a writer, after all (he gets credit for the Biblical books of Luke and Acts). He's also given credit as one of the first iconographers. Today would be a great day to write our own Gospel that tells about the Good news that we're seeing in the world. Or we could celebrate this patron saint of artists this way:
"We could experiment with the visual arts to see how they could enrich our spiritual health. We might choose something historical and traditional, like iconography. Or we might decide that we want to experiment with something that requires less concentration and training. Maybe we want to create a collage of images that remind us of God’s abundance. Maybe we want to meditate on images, like icons, like photographs, that call us to healthy living."
St. Luke is also the patron saint of students. Maybe it's time to plan for a class we want to take in January.
Or maybe we just want to make a beef stew; St. Luke is also the patron saint of butchers. This NPR webpage gives a great beef stew recipe, and a link to an interview between Fresh Air's Terry Gross and the America's Test Kitchen chefs which tells how to maximize flavors in your beef stew along with other culinary chemistry wonders.
So, enjoy the feast day of St. Luke, a saint that should be dear to the heart of creative types.
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