Magazine article Anglican Journal

On the Creator

Magazine article Anglican Journal

On the Creator

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QVER THE PAST few decades, I have heard an increasing number of indigenous elders, especially those comfortable with English, use the term "Creator" when speaking to or about God. Recently, I have tried to pay close attention to the elders who use this term, trying to understand what it indicates and why it's being used so often. It is not a direct translation of any of the many words used to describe "God" in indigenous languages, though it is often implied within them. Its use appears to have developed out of spiritual experience. It says something that many elders wish to emphasize at this time.

The term "Creator" is most often heard in prayer and in moments that might be described as devotional. It is frequently used when someone has experienced a moment of grace or joy in life. Some use it when significant spiritual insight is gained, a startling truth lovingly hidden in the everyday details of living.

The elders tell us that life is a Sacred Circle. Spirit and matter are interwoven and inseparable. All things are personally and lovingly inhabited by the Creator, who animates all things, in and through the Spirit. So, Creator, as the elders use the term, implies the great presence and personality of God in all of life. …

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