The Lord is near to the brokenhearted, and saves those that are crushed in spirit.
~ Psalm 34:18
Yesterday I traveled with a group of youth from the Houston area to Sacramento, California, where they will be performing over the weekend as part of the Junior Theater Festival.
Like most kids, the trip has been filled with excitement as they embark on this new adventure.
When we got settled, we decided to take a walk around the area near the hotel and see some of the sites. Of course, the historic structures caught our eyes, and many of the youth snapped pictures of the Cathedral, architectual details, and just general landscapes.
One of the kids saw me taking a picture of a broken bottle. Around the dinner table, it was discussed how I take pictures of a lot of things, and then somehow seem to make them relational to what I am thinking or feeling.
I guess it's true. For any of us, we see a fractured bottle along the road as something unwanted, and of no worth.
It makes me realize that for many of us, we are fragmented and broken, but that God looks and sees something more.
It is our brokenness and woundedness that makes us uniquely precious to God. It is in these moments when we call out, that God sees more than something others, and sometimes only us, sees as broken. God sees a precious child.
Remember, in the brokenness of Christ, we are made whole. In our brokenness we are more precious to God than we will ever know.
Stay in God's grip!
G. Todd Williams (c) 2018
Rev. G. Todd Williams lives in the Houston metro area and is a Hospice Chaplain at Essential Hospice, Webster, Texas, and is an ordained Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) pastor.