Learning about injustices in the world can be daunting and debilitating. We often don’t know how to help or where to start or how to digest all the information we’re intaking.
One of the best ways to process difficult concepts, materials, and stories is through creative expression, but we don’t all express our creativity in the same ways. Each person is unique in how they digest information and how they analyze and then convey their feelings. Some of us write. Some of us paint. Some of us create music. Some of us use movement.
We are made in the image of the most creative being in the universe. Let us explore and use whatever creative means we have been given to express how we’re feeling about justice and injustice.
Submit your creative expression below and use the hashtag #LiveJustly on social media to share your artistry with your networks!
Here are some examples of creative expression from others:
This black and white piece is a response to the conflict in Syria. There have been close to 200,000 killed and 3 millions refugees as of last August. My heart breaks for the vulnerable women and children, the families being torn apart, and a land being destroyed by greed and power. The image created is not one of hope but despair, calling viewers to prayer and intercession.
I met a man the other day,
His hands and face were beaten by the sun,
He told me of his story,
That he was on the run.
He had thorns and blisters on his feet,
Consequences of the desert heat.
He’d been cheated by the system,
And chased away from home.
So with cracks in his voice and tears in his eyes,
He said, ”Dear I am worn out by the fight”/ “Friend, I need your hand in this fight”
I was moved by that moment,
And so I replied, “My heart is for you my brother/sister
What it costs me does not matter,
I will take a side, there’s not room for compromise in my life.
And even if my voice shakes, I will speak my mind.”
I met a girl the other day,
She had light in her eyes and softness to her smile
She says she’s a runaway
And tells me of her escape
From her 10 hour work day and her .50 cent wage
She left it all behind
To find a better life
I’ve traveled and worked in different places around the world. One of the most difficult was Bosnia. Not because of cultural differences or rude people, but because the harrowing history of Bosnia is written for all to see everywhere you go. From bullet holes in buildings to landmines across the countryside it is very apparent that Bosnia had a major war that it still has not recovered from. Perhaps among the most difficult places I visited there was Srebrenica (pronounced sreh-breh-neets-uh). Over the course of 3 days, more than 8,300 people were massacred as a part of the Bosnian genocide. I cried that day as I looked over the thousands of tombstones and thought about the bodies that still haven’t been recovered and the families who still have no peace.
I take photos to capture how I felt in the moment. I keep the photos around to remind myself why I do the work I do. I share the photos to inspire others into action for peace. Hatred only breeds hatred and pain. Peace. Love. These were the tenets upon which Jesus built his life and justice is the living out of those principles.