Forgive

Look at my misery and suffering, and forgive all my sins.

—Psalm 25:18

 

Driving along the highway, I noticed a broken down barn.

Why had it been left in disrepair?

Who owned it?

What did it look like when it was new and untouched by time and the elements?

Surely, it was something of great worth to its owner at one point.

If you look closely, I’ll bet you know some people whose lives look like this barn.

Poor choices, the effects of sin, and the barrenness of years spent without a relationship with God have likely caused a spiritual collapse–maybe even an emotional or physical one, as well.

The good news is, God is the Master Builder.

Our lives can be wrecked, but He can restore them.

He can rebuild, reshape and renew.

Through forgiveness, anyone can live an abundant life with God.

Every life is something of great worth to Him.

 

 

 

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Brokenhearted

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Sometimes when I’m driving, the songs on the radio just “play” and my mind is on so many things that I don’t really take in the message of the lyrics.

At other times, I am totally focused on the words and I connect with the song.

Today, I was connected when I heard a song titled, “The Broken Beautiful.”

Here are part of the lyrics:

I’m better off when I begin to remember
How You have met me in my deepest pain
So give me glimpses now of how You have covered
All of my heart ache, oh with all Your grace
Remind me now that You can make a way

That Your love will never change,
that there’s healing in your name
That You can take broken things,
and make them beautiful
You took my shame
And You walked out of the grave
So Your love can take broken things
and make them beautiful *

Contemplating the meaning, I remembered a movie I once watched about Jesus.

In one of the scenes, someone took a glass creation–perhaps a sculpture–and threw it on the floor in anger and pain.

It broke into many pieces.

Later in another scene, Jesus had restored the sculpture, but not in the way you might expect.

It did not look like it did before.

The broken pieces were put together as a collage of broken parts.

Beautiful, but different.

The same sculpture, yet changed.

I also remembered that, recently, something I cared about was broken.

A dear friend had purchased an expensive ceramic pottery piece for me.

Displayed in my living room, our cat somehow knocked it onto the floor, breaking it into several parts.

I haven’t thrown it all away yet.

Perhaps I can glue it together or make it into something else.

When Jesus takes our broken hearts, broken lives and broken hopes and dreams, He restores us.

But what is that restoration like?

If we have suffered loss and pain, we still remember that.

If we have made big mistakes, the consequences may still be evident.

Like the glass sculpture in the movie, Jesus can make something beautiful out of our broken lives.

With forgiveness, acceptance and love, He gently puts us back together in a new way.

With our new form and likeness, we give honor to our Savior who has given us new life.

Are you broken today?

Jesus can take broken things and make them beautiful.

The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.

—Psalm 43:18

*Broken Beautiful by Ellie Holcomb

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