10 years ago someone had the idea of brightening up the long, dim hallway of Northminster’s children’s wing. Some of us had seen an amazing mural at the Children’s Medical Center of the Medical College of Virginia Hospital, and we began to dream of something equally spectacular. The concept evolved into, “Why not make stories of the Bible come to life in colorful paintings?”
We discovered that the hospital mural had been created by a local artist whose name is HappyYou can learn more about him here.
The mural begins at the beginning, Genesis 1-3. Here is Adam naming the animals.
Happy convinced us that in order to draw children in, the images on the mural should be cartoon-like. And judging from their reaction when children first see the pictures, he was right.
A walk down the hallway is a journey through the pages of the Bible. There are stories from Hebrew Scripture, like….
The pictures from the New Testament focus on the life of Jesus……
Stanley Hauerwas once wrote that the church is “a story-formed community.” He’s right, you know. The pictures that Happy painted along our children’s hallway represent some of the Bible stories that shape us. Every week as our children walk down the hall to their classrooms, these stories surround them. I think of the hallway as a long, bright prayer for our children: May the stories of Scripture shape who you will become.