Monday, December 9, 2013


From the archives, this is a good reminder of my brokenness and God's ability to put things back together:

"My husband and I purchased these two sets of crystal ornaments over twenty five years ago - icicles and birds.

They are pure, clear, bright and reflective.

They freely dangle from thin branches.

They are old, fragile and delicate.

Some have broken and yet some have survived over the years.

These fragile and delicate ornaments remind me of all the hopes and dreams of my earlier years. I can recall the various times throughout my life where a shattering broke in and loss produced a void.

Relationships were sharply severed, loved ones suddenly heart was left tattered and my spirit crushed. But in the midst of the shattering and among the devastation of brokenness there has always been a persevering and a saving Hand.

While things were breaking apart there was a re-assembly taking place. 

It may not have always been clear at the time. I needed the hindsight that distance brought to be able to see the greater purposes for the pain.

I take comfort as I pull these fragile ornaments out each year. I remember the brokenness and the shattering of the past, and then I marvel at the clarity and beauty of the re-assembly and restoration."

At the time that I wrote this (December 2011) my marriage was falling apart, leaving me tattered and torn. It was broken (read about it here) and some thought beyond repair. There was nothing I could do to put it back together. Our marriage needed outside intervention - a redemption and restoration outside our own abilities.

These fragile glass ornaments remind me of my brokenness and God's redemption.They give me a renewed awareness of my weakness and a thankfulness for God's perseverance.

They remind me of the hope in the One who renews, and redeems.

He died to redeem all that was lost.

He lives to reweave all that has unraveled.

He comes to put back together everything that's been broken.

He loves to restore all that's been taken.

He will return one glorious day to make everything sad untrue.

To make everything new forever and ever.

Oh Glorious Day!
Come Lord Jesus, come.


  1. Reminds me of Job.

    The Lord tears down…and He builds up. He kills…and makes alive.

    Har for a real sinner like me to trust in Him.

    But where else can I turn?

    Thanks, Lori.

    1. It's hard for me too Steve. Indeed...where else can we go?

      God says, "Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life, and we have believed, and have come to know, that you are the Holy One of God.” John 6:68-69

      Even the "we have believed" is by faith, a gift of God! Thanks so much for your honesty.

      Blessings and Merry Christmas!