Make Your Solemn Promise
Consider what you might do or say to most act like God looking toward the future of our church.
Upon the colorful paper stones, write that one thing that you might do or say to act like God.
Affix that stone using the glue sticks provided onto the foundation of our church building as we imagine a colorful future full of God’s promise.
Upon the table, as folks came forward, they found an image of our building in the center of the table. On either side, there were:
- colorful “paper stones” like the one that Jacob fell asleep on (Well, kinda like that)
- black markers
- glue sticks.
All of this was resting upon the requisite cardboard to prevent markers from bleeding all over the pretty altar cloth. There was another set of instructions under the colorful paper stones which said:
Take one of these colorful paper stones.
Write upon it what you might do or say to act like God and then glue it to the church.
That’s your promise!
The idea being that when you lay down your stone — as Jacob did — you make that promise for the future to remember all that God has done and (hopefully) all that God will do. I don’t know if it worked for everyone but I did get one response by email that said:
I also love the art project you offered – and the discussion of promise – for me, writing on my boulder made me recommit to this process that I must admit I’m getting so tired of – and yet that tiredness is also sadness, fear of what the future holds – can’t wait till I get to the JOY part!!!!
The end result, which now hangs in the church without any explanation, looks like this.
I don’t know if I should offer an explanation or if I should just let the experience of creating art and making promises speak for itself. This, for the moment, I’m trusting it to God.