My 2013 Christmas Edition: Shattered Shards

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Christmas Tree Decorations: Red Glass Balls (Photo credit: gbert™)

As I’ve had young children in the home and around the annual Christmas tree for almost two decades. Glass balls have not been part of the decorative selection but alternative Christmas tree decorations like the real-deal popcorn and cranberry garland, salt-dough painted stars or plaster-of-paris footprints. However, this year, 2013, represents many changes in my life, in my family, etc. and one of those changes is that I put shiny glass balls on the tree. They are so pretty and reflective of their neighboring white lights. Nevertheless, as beautiful as they were, inevitably, one dropped to the hardwood floor and broke into a gazillion fragments. I’ve never seen glass break like this. In slow-motion dismay, this ball nearly exploded into minuscule glass splinters … broken pieces of brittle shards.

Life can be similar, starting out as innocently pretty and naively reflective of beautiful times but something happens. We end up being broken, into shards of splintered hope and fragmented promises or aspirations. I’m here to tell you that there is someone who can take your broken state, your impossibly shattered life, and make something new and even more beautiful than you could ever hope for or imagine. God is in the business doing just that. When given to him, He can take our ashes and return them to us, as beauty.

Isaiah 61:3

To grant consolation and joy to those who mourn in Zion—to give them an ornament, a garland or diadem, of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, the garment expressive of praise instead of a heavy, burdened, and failing spirit—that they may be called oaks of righteousness (lofty, strong, and magnificent, distinguished for uprightness, justice, and right standing with God), the planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified. (AMP)

This Christmas season, start anew, and give your broken life to God. Tell Him how you don’t know how He can transform such a broken mess into something of worth, but that you give your life to him. That’s why we have Christmas. Christmas is an opportunity to celebrate the birth of the one who chose to come and make a way for us to have a new life, a life with purpose and relationship with its Creator. If your life is broken and you want to get it put back together, here are a couple of links for those who are ready to help get into that better direction. You can always comment on this article, or if you aren’t comfortable with that, here are a couple of links that can help. The Pastors or Assistant Pastors are wonderful at both places:

Tell me, where do you find yourself this season? Do you find yourself laying in a million-billion broken shards on the floor or in some other condition?

Until later . . . Jonathan Watson

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