Arthur Stace an Australian also known as Mr Eternity became a Christian and a reformed Alcoholic after years of hurt and disillusionment, he Loved the Lord and shared the gospel in his own way by writing the word “Eternity ” in chalk on footpaths in Sydney even though he was illiterate and found it hard to write even his own name but he felt a powerful call from the Lord to write Eternity and so he did many times over 35 years and it was clear each time in a beautiful Copperplate script, he said he could never understand how he did this, it always amazed him.
Arthur was born in Balmain in the inner-west of Sydney on the 9 February 1884 his Parents were Alcoholics and he only knew poverty and neglect, he stole bread and milk to survive and also searched for food scraps in rubbish bins. When he was 12 with very little formal Schooling, he was made a ward of the State.
As a hurting, confused Teenager of 15 years he became an Alcoholic like his Parents and ended up in jail but after his release he still continued to live a life of crime and in his twenties he was a scout for his Sisters’ Brothels. In March 1916, at age 32, he enlisted for World War I with the 19th Battalion 5th Biagade AIF but he suffered from Bronchitis and Pleurisy which led to his medical discharge on 2 April 1919.
The National Museum of Australia in Canberra holds one of Arthur Stace’s iconic ‘Eternity’ signs, which he chalked on a piece of cardboard for a friend at Church. In Sydney today, his word “Eternity” can still be seen written in a few places. About 5am in the morning he would go around the streets of Sydney and chalk the word “Eternity” on footpaths, the train station entrances and anywhere else he could think of. It is estimated that Arthur Stace wrote the word “Eternity” around 500,000 times over the 35 years, he was pulled up for Graffiti but he said that God asked him to write it and as he wasn’t really defacing property, they never pursued legal action and just looked the other way.
I wonder how many stopped and thought about Eternity after seeing it, when I hear or see the word, I feel Joy, it reminds me of all the wonder of Heaven and being with my Abba Father and Jesus our Lord and King Eternally through the indwelling of The Holy Spirit.
Arthur Stace died of a stroke in a Nursing Home at the age of 83 on 30 July 1967. As a tribute to the man known as Mr Eternity, the Sydney Harbour Bridge was lit up with the word “Eternity” as part of the celebrations for the beginning of the year 2000.
I want to share with you about another Australian who was a faithful Christian man in his Senior years, he also had a heart to share about his Lord and Saviour although in a different way than Arthur Stace did.
If you take the time to hear the short Audio below about what happened in George Street, it will amaze you and leave you praising and thanking God and also wanting to share about Him passionately in a way that is unique to you too.
With me it is in sharing God’s Truth in Power points, Post messages and Comments both on Blogs and Websites, how I do this I don’t know because with being Dyslectic I have problems writing in detail but both the words and Scripture come to me as I write, sometimes over a few days as I prepare to Post.