Some 25 years ago my friend and colleague, Lowell Linden, wrote a book entitled Through the Stained Glass Window. It’s daily devotional of sorts, filled with tender short stories created to get you thinking differently about life. Today’s was one such story. I believe it will touch a lot of right notes in us; especially now, in these trying and challenging days we are experiencing.
Here's what he wrote:
A man was trying to get some work done at home. He was also babysitting his five-year-old son. The boy’s father found a picture of the world in a magazine and tore out the picture. He preceded to tear the picture into small pieces. He said, “Look at this. Do you think you can put all the pieces together and make a picture of the world?” His father was certain it would take a great deal of time.
In this time we are all experiencing something bigger than ourselves. It may feel like the world is tearing apart at the seams, and perhaps it is. But there is hope. That hope is in us. We have the power to start by putting ourselves back together, to heal our wounds and brokenness. And we can then use our story as a healing balm for the world.
Once we see our brokenness, and move to heal and restore it, we begin to see the wounds of others and can offer sympathy and grace, mercy and forgiveness, the love and healing balm that makes the world one again.
Linden, Lowell. Through the Stained Glass Window. (Redlands, CA: self-published, 1995). p. 118.
An ex-copywriter turned punk rock pastor and peacemaker who dedicates his life to making the world a better place for all humanity.
"that they all might be one" ~John 17:21
“Prius vita quam doctrina.”
~ St. Thomas Aquinas (1225–1274)
* “Life is more important than doctrine.”