FROM THE PULPIT: Jesus can help pick up the broken pieces

Published: Monday, June 24, 2013 at 04:11 PM.

After hugs and kisses, Johnny walked into the dining room. A glass sculpture on the table caught his eye. It sparkled like a thousand diamonds.

If he looked at it one way, it appeared like the sun rising above the horizon. If he looked at it another way, it appeared like snow-covered mountains with ice reflecting the sun’s sparkling rays. And if he squinted, it looked like a rainbow.

He turned and saw Grandma watching him. Breathlessly, he said to her, “Grandma! This is beautiful! Where did you find this?”

With a smile on her lips and a twinkle in her eye, she said, “Johnny, I know you don’t recognize it, but this little statue has been made up of all the pieces of the little bird in the nest that got broken this past summer. I took the pieces to a friend of mine who works with glass. This is what he did with them.”

Life sometimes throws difficult curves. Dreams we once held can be shattered. Yet, with our Lord’s loving presence and power, those broken pieces can be molded and reshaped into something unexpectedly beautiful.

Jesus can — and will — pick up the broken pieces and put them back together in a new and beautiful way.

The Rev. Mark Broadhead is Laurel Hill Presbyterian Church and First Presbyterian Church of Crestview’s pastor.

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