Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Bruised Reeds

Sometimes when we look at our own trials,
we think we are suffering the most horrible thing anyone has ever had to suffer.
And then there are weeks, like right now, where we realize it's not so bad.
Having a baby with health problems is my own personal hell sometimes.
But this week I was put in my place to think about those poor Moms and Dads
of the children who were so suddenly taken from their lives.
I know tragedies do not have to be just tragedies.
We can always make them into something more positive.
And after the initial shock wears off, the sad, big, depressing, or overwhelming news
can become something beautiful if we put on our courage and do something more.

I feel the need to share this quote again with you.
It has been one that has taken me outside of my sorrow and helped me to understand the beautiful things the lord has for Bradley and me and everyone who feels sorrow in this life.
"Christ is building his kingdom with the broken things of earth.
People desire only the strong, successful, victorious, and unbroken things in life to build their kingdoms, but God is the God of the unsuccessful – the God of those who have failed.
Heaven is being filled with earth’s broken lives, and there is no “bruised reed” (Isa. 42:3) that Christ cannot take and restore to a glorious place of blessing and beauty.
He can take a life crushed by pain or sorrow and make it a harp whose music will be total praise.
He can lift earth's saddest failure up to heaven's glory."
J.R. Miller

None of us are immune from the sorrow of this world.
Eventually we all have to feel the pain of mortality.
May we do something more with our pain this Christmas season.
May we plead to our Father in heaven for his help.
And may his hands be around us as we reach out and help the others around us.