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May 2, 2011, 10:12 AM

Shattered Glass

As most of you know, I live in a nice house. It isn’t my house, it belongs to the church, but since I’m pastor I am fortunate enough to get to live there. Truth be told, this is quite easily the biggest and nicest house I have ever lived in. Growing up a military brat we often lived in small and old houses on base somewhere in the US or abroad. Then when I got married, Jolee and I always seemed to live in fixer-uppers. Her idea, she likes to remake houses as she thinks they should be, while I would prefer to move into a perfectly fine house and simply enjoy it. When we visited the house for the first time and walked through it, I couldn’t believe how nice it was. I stopped at the front door, and noticed that there were three glazed windows right next to the door. I mentioned how nice those windows were, letting in light but not letting people look into the house.  That’s when someone told me sheepishly that those windows weren’t glazed, but had some time ago shattered and what I was looking at was not nice and clean as it appeared, but was in all actuality something that was broken.
Yesterday afternoon as I was sitting in the living room, I glanced over at the front door and with the light coming through the windows just right I could see the many small cracks in the glass that showed that while it appeared beautiful, in reality it was a shattered version of its former self. And the more I thought about that the more I thought about people I encounter all the time. When I first meet them they always seem so nice and wonderful and put together. However, the longer I get to know them, and the deeper relationship I develop with them the more I come to realize that they are not what they first appear. More times than not, what I see is a shattered and broken version of something that once was. It’s always something different that has made them that way: a broken marriage, a deep depression, great loss of a loved one, frustration at work, trouble with the kids, disappointment, failure, loneliness, loss of hope.  The more I look, the more I see shattered lives all around me, and I wonder if anyone else sees?
It seems that people are scared to admit that they are shattered and broken. They are worried what others might think about them, that being that open and vulnerable might lead to them getting hurt again, or perhaps they are just embarrassed at the situation they find themselves in. Yet what they long for and need more than anything, is for someone to see them in their broken state and to tell them that they are still beautiful and priceless, just like they were before they were broken and shattered.
So here’s what we’re going to do about this:
First, if your life is shattered and broken: You are precious and loved and treasured by God! Jesus said He didn’t come for the people who had it all together, but for those who were broken and falling apart (Luke 5:31-32). It is ok to be broken, because everyone is, some are just better hiding it than others. God loves you just like you are, and if you ask Him to He will help put you back together one piece at a time. It will be slow, and it won’t be easy, but He loves you so much that no matter what you’ve done, He thinks you’re worth the time and effort to piece back together! You matter to Him, He loves you more than anything!!!
Second, if your life is not shattered and broken right now or you’ve been put back together: Find the broken and love them. How else did you think Jesus was going to put them back together again but through you? God’s favorite way of working is through those He created. Your job is to love others and help them put the pieces back together through the Holy Spirit. Invest your life in broken people. Open yourself and your scars up to them. Be accepting and forgiving, guide gently, pray fervently. Give yourself to them and help them heal.
Here’s my final thought. You know what I secretly think about those windows in my house? I think they’re the most beautiful windows we have. Yes, they’re broken, but the way they look when the light shines through them takes my breath away! And you know why? Because we’re all broken to, and when The Light (Jesus) shines through our brokenness, how we look takes God’s breath away. And that is a beautiful thing indeed!    
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