Kevin Schrapel reflects on the symbolism in the lead up to the Tour Down Under

The Tour Down Under is coming. I'm sure we will do our best to show how friendly our community is.

As I watched the bike (pictured) being hung to show pride in our town being part of this world-class event, I considered that the bike could also hold a deeper message.

It didn't have any tyres so the ride would be bumpy. There was no chain so it wouldn't go anywhere.

Yet someone had taken the time to paint it. Cover the rust and hang it where it will tell all who pass by, "This person cared. This community cares. Welcome to all."

Our Heavenly Father loves to help people who some might say, "Their lives are going nowhere".

Lives which may appear to bump from problem to problem. He willingly takes these lives and in love, says, "I want to help you become a new person. I want to use the blood my Son Jesus willingly spilt onto the wood of a cross to cover over the rusty bits of your life. I want others to see what my love has done in your life so they too, will feel my love and willingly come and talk to me about my love in their life."

Check out "God loves us deeply. He is full of mercy. So he gave us new life because of what Christ has done. He gave us life even when we were dead in sin. God's great undeserved love has saved you." (Ephesians chapter 2, verses 4&5)

Enjoy pedalling through life with God.