On September 18th, about 40 artists from different backgrounds, different artistic disciplines and different circles of influence came together at a table in a backyard in Carlsbad, California. They enjoyed great conversation, a beautiful setting, a delicious meal, some original music and some storytelling.
So what was different about this dinner party? Well, it's not often that 40 artists from all over Southern California get together from different disciplines, however I'd say what was unique was how present LOVE was.
It's a Beautiful Truth that the Father, Son & Holy Spirit invite us, You and I, into community with them. They invite us to THEIR TABLE to feast on being loved. To be included in their ONENESS. A place where the Body and Blood of Christ has paid for our place at the table. The Artist Table is a unique gathering where uniquely designed men & women who have devoted themselves to God and to their craft can dine together, feel part of a unique tribe, share their hearts & gifts with one another and specifically experience being loved for the unique individuals God created them to be in this world. Their struggles and strengths can have commonalities with the general public, however their uniquenesses and the very nature of devoting themselves to their art can also create a lonely place where friends, family, and sometimes even the church, may find it difficult to understand them. The life of an Artist may seem to be extravagant or even self indulgent to many who are fulfilling their live's callings in more practical work spaces. To the artist, NOT BEING AN ARTIST would be denying WHO God made them to be. Artist Table celebrates their weirdness, their uniqueness, their extravagance, their weaknesses and their ability to be ministers of beauty made in the image of their Creator. It was an honor to serve these Artists, to love these artists, to encourage and connect with these artists. Here are a few responses some of them sent me.
"Amazing party last night Roy. Thank you so much for inviting us! Your dreams are being fulfilled. Privileged to hang with you two."
"Hey Roy!!! Thank you sooo much for last night at Artists Table. Wow!!! The entire experience was compelling and oh-so special."
"Last night was a gift."
"Thank you for inviting me to the Artist Table. Couldn't believe who I was sitting next to. So inspired. So encouraged. So honored."
"Hey Roy. Artist Table last night was beyond anything I had imagined it would be. Visually and aesthetically, the food (wow) the servers, not just their professional manner but also their uniforms, the flowers on the table. The songs and players and the words from Christine and her sister. I could go on and on. You and Christine are IT! I made some new friends and reconnected with a few oldies. Well worth the drive from Los Angeles just for that!"
"Good morning! I thought this quote was interesting in little of last night at Artist Table. 'May your offering be worship even in the midst of your doubts about your calling and ability.' Roy, God made you for this."
"Dear Roy, Christine and family, Thanks again for such a wonderful and rich evening. Thank you for inviting me!
"Hey Roy, I was really blessed last night at Artist Table. I felt that it was the Lord's timing and His encouragement came through every conversation I had. I loved every connection I made and I hope to never miss one of your events. I can see why everyone says you and your family are such a blessing and a force for the kingdom."
"Still reeling from such an extraordinary evening. Thank you for including us. The Father's extravagant love expressed through the Cochran family is the talk of the town! We need more of THAT talk at this time on our planet. XOXO!
"I've been meaning to tell you and Christine Thank You for the Artist Table. It was off the chain."
We've included a few visual moments from our time together at Artist Table. Thank you to everyone who was part of this extraordinary evening.