And besought him that they might only touch the hem of his garment: and as many as touched were made perfectly whole. Matthew 14:36(KJV)
The Broken pieces. The fragment and what’s left. As we trim the tree and deck the halls some of us pull out of dusty boxes, ornaments that hold precious memories of our lives; ornaments commemorating those special times in our lives. The birth of a child, the first Christmas as husband and wife, a graduation, a milestone reached and all those happy moments you would like to keep etched in your heart and mind. But along with those happy moments there are moment’s intertwined equally significant; times we would rather forget or just as soon wished had not occurred.
Each memory wrapped securely in its own packaging and tucked away for some future date of retrieval has its place. The year of the birth of a first child that holds memories of a lost loved one that same year. That first Christmas you celebrated as husband and wife may hold memories of struggles to pay a new mortgage after a significant financial loss. Rubble, Debris, Remnants, all attached to ornaments of your life pulled from the dusty boxes of your memory. Unfortunately, some are broken. The broken pieces with their jagged edges remind you of all that was and is no longer. Fragmented and broken, irreplaceable. So you take the fragments hoping to salvage that which was lost knowing that even as you put the pieces back together it will never be the same.
And so it is with the fragments of our renewed life with Christ. We come to him broken, bits and piece of sin with the jagged edges of disobedience still evident in our lost soul. He takes the fragments and salvages that which was lost. He accepts the sacrifices of a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, he will not despise. Psalms 51:17. That wounded a broken thing that would appear useless and without value to another has value beyond that of silver and gold to the God that can take what is broken and make it brand new. As we view the brokenness in our lives let us remember the woman that reached out to touch the hem of the Saviors garment. It was that in that hour, no longer broken and wounded But Jesus turned him about, and when he saw her, he said, Daughter, be of good comfort; thy faith hath made thee whole. And the woman was made whole from that hour. Matthew 9:22
When trying to put that thing which was broken back together, what you must realize is that it will never be the same as it was. There may be pieces missing, there may be fragments that cannot be repaired that must be thrown away, there may be cracks and pieces chipped away, but in the end there remains the best of what was. In the Masters hand you can be made whole for as many as touched were made perfectly whole. Matthew 14:36
Prayer: Father there are things that have been broken and lost in our lives. We trust and believe that those things have been removed for your purpose. As you repair the brokenness we ask that we might touch the hem of your garment and be made whole. It is only though our faith in you that we become new and the old things pass away. Make us new in you, Father. Amen
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