This spring, more than 100 artists are showcasing their love for KC through the Parade of Hearts.
154 five-foot by five-foot hearts are spread across the Kansas City Metro on both sides of the state line. Each heart gives a snapshot into life in KC. Some hearts are whimsical, some are celebratory, some are thought-provoking and all are simply beautiful.
With a diverse group of artists responsible for the hearts — geographically, culturally, ethnically as well as in age and gender — the Parade demonstrates that there is no single experience of our City or any other place.
As I read their stories, I began to wonder what it would be like if we all could wear our hearts on our sleeves, sharing our experiences with one another. I believe when we know one another’s stories, we’re more likely to connect with those individuals, to have compassion, to be kind and forgiving.
To Parade of Hearts is on display through the end of May. Set aside some time to chart a course to at least some of them. Or visit them online at https://theparadeofhearts.com/.
As you take in the hearts, ponder your own story. What’s written on your heart?
“Love from the center of who you are; don’t fake it. Run for dear life from evil; hold on for dear life to good. Be good friends who love deeply; practice playing second fiddle. Don’t burn out; keep yourselves fueled and aflame. Be alert servants, cheerfully expectant. Don’t quit in hard times; pray all the harder. Help needy Christians; be inventive in hospitality. Bless your enemies; no cursing under your breath. Laugh with your happy friends when they’re happy; share tears when they’re down. Get along with each other; don’t be stuck-up. Make friends with nobodies; don’t be the great somebody.”Romans 12:9-16 – The Message
Jesus is Risen. Let’s live like resurrection people – like those who know we are all loved … we are all forgiven … we are the faithful, across all time and generations, whose arms and hearts and spirits should be linked in love and set on caring for a broken world.