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"God Picks up the Broken Pieces"

February 28, 2003

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Psalm 41:4 "I said, 'O Lord, have mercy on me; heal me, for I have sinned against You.'"

During World War II a bomb scored an indirect hit and shattered the beautiful stained-glass rose window in the Rheims Cathedral. The members of the congregation got down on their hands and knees and picked up all the small glass fragments of the window.

After the war, they hired some of the most skilled workmen available to rebuild the window, fragment by fragment, from the pieces they had saved. Today, the rose window in the Rheims Cathedral is more beautiful than ever before.

God can take our broken hearts and our shattered dreams and reshape them into a life that is holy and beautiful.

Does God, who loved us enough to send His Son to die for us, not also care for us in the daily things of our lives? It is precisely Christ's death and resurrection that, like a magnet, draw all the sin-smashed pieces of our lives into a whole new way of living. Jesus promised us: "I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all men to Myself" (John 12:32). In drawing us to Himself, He heals us and makes us whole.

PRAYER: O Lord, You are all I need. Lift me up and make my life holy and beautiful. Amen.

(Taken from "Words of Promise," copyright 1996, Concordia Publishing House (out of print). For information on other devotional materials, call 1-800-325-3040.)

Today's Bible Readings: Leviticus 11-12    Mark 7:1-13

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