Express? You ask a bunch of writers and other creatives to respond to a prompt about expression? Oh, where do we start?
Let me just give you my basic definition of “express” as informed by my tradition: Humans are created in the image of God and as such we do what God does — we create. We express who we are by the act of creation. We have the divinely-appointed privilege of being used by the Great Creator to continue creating the world through our acts of self-expression.
Furthermore, we are blessed to sometimes create together in community. For example, recently I was engaged in a clay workshop where I and the two strangers on either side of me were instructed to create something — anything– out of a block of wet clay. We we asked to work together without speaking to each other. From this silent collaboration we created Estelle, a six-legged dinosaur.
I know, not particularly lofty and divine-like. But there is a place for whimsy as we create this world.
Whether whimsical or mind-shatteringly profound, we are called to find expression as part of our human condition.