We’re so happy with how the mural came out! Grace and her friends from the Cleveland Institute of Art did an excellent job. Thank you to all that donated to this project especially the people of The Tabernacle who gave most of the funds to make this dream visible.
The mural, located at the corner of Seneca Street and Imson Street in Buffalo, was designed by Grace LaPrade, based on an original sketch by Ben. It’s designed to be an expression of God’s heart to bring restoration to our city, our neighborhood, and us.
HOPE – No matter who you are or what you’ve done, there is hope in Jesus.
FREEDOM – God wants to give you freedom from guilt and shame.
RESTORATION – Your life has a purpose…to bring restoration to the world around you.
The imagery for the mural was inspired by Isaiah chapter 61 in the Bible.
CROSS – Isaiah 61:1 says that the Spirit of the Lord has anointed me to “preach good tidings”. The good news is that through Jesus’ death on the cross, he took all our guilt, shame, and sin. Now by our simple faith in Him, we can live in forgiveness and love, and receive eternal life.
BROKEN CHAINS – Later on in Isaiah 61:1, we read that we are sent to “proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound;” We are freed by God in order that we might help others find freedom.
BIRDS – Have you ever looked at a bird flying through the air and thought, ‘I wish I could be that free.’ The birds are a symbol of the freedom that can be found in the Father’s love.
WALL – Isaiah 61:4 talks about the people of God being restorers. “they shall raise up the former desolations.” We see this mural as a chance to restore beauty to an area of the city that is often overlooked.
WILDFLOWERS – Wildflowers are my favorite kind of flower and they grow just about everywhere. In expected and unexpected places. Isaiah 61:3 says that those who carry this message of God’s good news will be called ”the planting of the Lord”. Literally, planted wherever we are to bring restoration.
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