When we tell the stories of the kids we help, we always do this with a sense of wonder, beauty and awe. Art it many forms is a great way to allow people to feel the visceral movement – the spiritual compulsion – we all have to help kids get healing. I am committed to avoiding manipulation or coercion in favor of exploring wonder and joy.
One of my favorite stories is that of the time Jesus resurrects the only son of a widow. His heart broke, but only for a second.
Luke 7:14-16: Then he went up and touched the bier they were carrying him on, and the bearers stood still. He said, “Young man, I say to you, get up!” 15 The dead man sat up and began to talk, and Jesus gave him back to his mother. 16 They were all filled with awe and praised God. “A great prophet has appeared among us,” they said. “God has come to help his people.”
I love to see people in awe. When someone is in awe, hope is also nearby. Awe means that we have not just new information, but a new perspective. In that new perspective, something about us feels different. It’s not just that our cognition changes; we are a different, transformed person.
I want to share these stories in beautiful ways with creative people. Great music, food, art… all to celebrate the stories of the kids who are brought to healing through Rooftop 519.
One of our good friends from Orphan Relief and Rescue, Nurse Debbie, will be with us that evening. She’s the nurse that identified Exodus. Exodus’s host parents and her church will also be there. Come celebrate with us at this year’s Exodus Experience.
If you’re an artist who is interested in participating, please email me or comment below. We would love to have you help us bring people to a place of beauty, awe, compassion and wonder.