By Dan Cranley.
Graffiti is when someone writes, scribbles or spray paints on a wall or other surface in a public space. It’s often used to damage property, houses, businesses, graffiti can really damage a beautiful building or street.
But, some forms of graffiti are considered art! Keith Haring was a graffiti artist, who created beautiful graffiti with a powerful message. His story is a sad one. He died at a young age, 32, with AIDS. But before he died, he left his mark on the world. His graffiti spoke a positive message to the world around us. And his art became very well known, it spoke love, unity and diversity to us! We are all special and unique, but we all have a place in our world…. We all have a place in our families, with our friends, in the Messy Church community, the St. George’s community. wherever we go.
“For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life. Indeed, God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.” – John 3:16-17
This Bible verse tells us we all have a place in God too!
Lent is a time (in the church) when we all look into our hearts and we see the good things and the bad things. It lasts 40 days, and for those 40 days we decide to not do something that is not good for us. Or we choose to add something that will be good for us. Will be good for our relationship with God. We look at the mistakes we’ve made, the times that we know we shouldn’t do something, but do it anyway… and we look at the things that are good. The love, joy and vibrancy in our hearts, the times that we help our parents do something, or do something good.
Just like graffiti, we have things in our lives that we need God to change, and we will have things in our lives that are good and are a bright light to the world around us. And we take all of those things to God, where he loves and accepts us.
God loved us ALL so much that he sent his son Jesus Christ, to die on the cross and rise again, so that we have a place to go with all the things that we have done, both good and bad, and the things done against us. And where all of those things can receive God’s love.
God so loved the world…