The Red Vase

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(You’ll need a medium canvas — the more dramatic the better. If you don’t have a canvas, use a large sheet of paper. Use the art materials that work best with the surface you have.)

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Say: I’d like to tell you a story…(Paint the background yellow.)

It’s about a young man who had cancer. (Paint the left-hand curve of the vase in red.) While in counseling, he drew what his own body felt like. (Paint the right-hand curve of the vase in red. Fill in the vase with the red.)

He drew a vase with a deep black crack passing through it. (Paint a black crack down the center of the vase.)

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Then later when he was better, (Paint yellow light streaming from the crack in all directions as you continue to speak.) he drew bright yellow light outside the vase coming through the crack. He said it’s in the broken place that God’s light can shine into the vase.

Because “Our hearts can grow strong at the broken places.”

And the grace and love of Christ can shine through us in our broken places to create a sculpture of beauty from our lives.

 

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