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.)

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.

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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.

Say: Tonight you’ll experience Jesus for
yourself. Our leaders are here tonight to guide you through three
prayer stations. Please experience these stations without speaking.
Listen to what God is saying to you as you move from place to
place. It doesn’t matter which order you go to the stations.

As you do this, please be respectful of the people around you.
You may finish before others. If so, just wait quietly for others
to finish.


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