Creative Sparks invite an exploration of hands, hearts, and stories. Engage your senses, explore your own unique story, and experience God in fresh, new ways as you learn, lean in, and kindle creative joy in midst of chronic illness. Hover over an image for a brief description and a link to learn more. STORY Chronic illness can be isolating and lonely, but sharing our stories can open a door, extending hope, and sometimes sparking a life-giving, life-changing conversation with someone else along the way. We’d love to hear your story. LEARN MORE. POETRY Poetry invites us explore the rhythm and sway of words as we wrestle with the symptoms, confusion, loss, grief, emotion, and uncertainty of chronic illness in a sometimes more accessible way. LEARN MORE. LAMENT Writing Your Own Lament Pushing our pain aside, hiding it, or feeling shame because of it, diminishes our human experience. If Jesus wept and cried out in anguish, why do we feel it is somehow faithless to honestly express lament? LEARN MORE. SERVE Our hearts are wired to serve, because we were created for community. Chronic illness can make serving in traditional or culturally familiar ways challenging, but not impossible. Discover creative new ways to love God and others right where you are, however you are able. LEARN MORE. ALLEGORY Allegory is a beautiful, artistic form of storytelling that weaves difficult or abstract truths in ways that are easily relatable and understandable. Meaning is often woven through places and characters named for their qualities, strengths or weaknesses. Click here for a resource to enjoy writing your own allegory.