David, who knew from firsthand experience, says in the 23rd Psalm, “The Lord is my shepherd ... He restores my soul.” “If you fall,” the Psalmist writes, “you will not stay down, because the Lord will help you up” (37:24, TEV). Jesus bids us, “Come to me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest.”
God – through His Spirit in us and His people – has the skill, the patience, and most important, the desire to help us put our shattered lives back together. Although we’re never quite the same, there is the saving possibility, in God’s time, for the cracks and scars to become like the beauty of a Ming vase. And if time runs out here, the work continues until it is finished in the other rooms of our Father’s house.
The playwright Eugene O’Neal once wrote: “Man is born broken. He lives by mending. And the grace of God is the glue.”
In a shattering week like we’ve just experienced, we can only pray, “Oh God, here are the pieces of our broken lives. They are all we have. By Your grace and in Your time, put us back together again.”
Even before we ask, the carpenter from Nazareth is already at work and invites us to join Him in His workshop.