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Philippians 2:3-5

Broken and Beautiful

Sometimes the most beautiful things in this world come not from the unblemished, but the broken.

As I stood in the gift shop at the Christmas Lutheran Church and Diyar Consortium in Bethlehem, I picked up a little cross with a dove in the middle.

“Is this broken glass?” I asked.

“Ah yes,” the clerk said, “we began making ornaments from the fragments of broken windows, bottles, and other glass items broken by soldiers after the wall around our city was built. So much of our lives was being torn down and torn away—as the wall was being built—that we had to find a way to remind one another that God was present even in broken places. They remind us that beauty and light is still possible and can still shine through imperfect and broken vessels.”

There before me was a basket of ornaments: crosses, fish, angels, and doves, bound together by metal in a collage of blue, green, and red glass. These ornaments are not only an item to be sold in a gift shop, but are a tangible metaphor of what the Apostle Paul says in 2 Corinthians 4:7 when he writes:

“We have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us… (we) always carry in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our bodies.”

There in my hand Paul’s words were coming to life, brokenness redeemed now declaring light.

What do you have that serves as a reminder that even though things may not be perfect, Christ’s light still shines in your life?

As the Church body, we are able to minister to one another in our brokenness. I believe that we are being invited into a new season of discernment and prayer as we seek to live what it means to be Kingdom people in Wabash. We are the clay jars, cracked, broken, patched together, but within us is the light of life. It’s through the cracks that others can see that great light.

So what does this mean for us?

Transparency – We desire to be a body who does not protect others from our brokenness and struggle. When a member hurts, when a member is in pain, it is felt by all. Individual members heal not through isolation, but through relocation.

Prayerfulness – When asked what we could do for the Church in Bethlehem, living in a challenging time, their response was so simple and profound we were taken aback: pray. Let us renew our commitment to prayer this summer for our church and for our world.

Faithfulness – As we read this weekend in Hebrews: “do not neglect meeting together as some are in the habit of doing.” Through our worship and community life, small groups and meals together, we practice the disciplines of prayer, community, and Christ’s presence among us.

How will Christ’s light shine through you?

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