Broken Beauty

Read 2 Corinthians 12: 1-10

Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! It is amazing to think about. Your workmanship is marvelous - and how well I know it. Psalm 139: 14 (TLB)

Mendy Creswell lives in Tennessee. As she walked into the 800-year-old cathedral in Ireland, the stained glass windows took her breath away. Everywhere she looked were stunning depictions of the life of Jesus. One window, near the front of the cathedral, caught her eye. it was of Jesus surrounded by people sitting at his feet to listen and learn from him. The closer she walked toward this magnificent piece of art, the more she became aware of the countless pieces of broken glass that made up each person who sat at the feet of Jesus.

Each figure was strikingly different. Yet each was looking for the same hope, peace, and joy that comes from knowing Jesus as savior. At times we may feel like we have been broken into a million pieces - by the death of a loved one, by a devastating illness, or by bad choices we have made. We can feel as if there is no hope of healing from our brokenness.

Jesus can take our broken pieces and, like those stained glass windows, form beautiful works of art. As today's quoted verse reminds us, we are wonderfully made by God. We can have faith that God can see the bigger picture and how each of us, as magnificent pieces of God's workman ship, can be used for God's glory.

Prayer: Dear God, thank you for your limitless love and for meeting us in our brokenness. Continue to make us into beautiful works that bring glory to you, in Jesus' name. Amen.

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