2 October 2010 (Shibi'i/Sukkot)|
Day #120, 5934 AM
The Damaged Vase
The Miracle of Being Repaired
The world is full of broken people, damaged by abuse, neglect and a lack of sound spiritual education. Many view themselves as somehow 'untouchable' because of their damagedness, or second-class citizens. But is their view of themselves an accurate assessment? I hope the following illustration helps:
In my experience everyone gets damaged in this earth life, some more accutely than others. Yah'shua the Messiah (Jesus Christ) came to the world to save lost sinners and repair broken people and His messianic community (church) is full of those who have been repaired, who have self-worth and who are a living witness of what the Divine Physician can do. We all have lines in our souls that remind us of where we were once broken but are now repaired through the grace of Yahweh's Son, and these give us a certain wisdom, a certain knowledge, that enables us to help others also seeking to be repaired and made whole again.
"Let us suppose that there are two flower vases made of fine china. Both are intricately
carved and of comparable value, elegance, and beauty. Then a wind blows and one of them falls from
its stand, and is broken into pieces. An expert from a distant land is called. Painstakingly, step by step,
the expert glues the pieces back together. Soon the broken vase is intact again, can hold water without
leaking, is unblemished to all who see it. Yet this vase is now different from the other one. The lines
along which it had broken, a subtle reminder of yesterday, will always remain discernible to an
experienced eye. However, it will have a certain wisdom since it knows something that the vase that
has never been broken does not: it knows what it is to break and what it is to come together" (Keven E. Abrams).
"All things have been delivered to Me by My Father, and no one knows the Son except the Father. Nor does anyone know the Father except the Son, and the one to whom the Son wills to reveal Him. Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light" (Matt.11:27-30, NKJV).