Saturday, May 21, 2011

Tips for super gluing broken things and people

I've been working with super glue.
Well, actually, I've been fighting with super glue trying not to glue things together that shouldn't be glued together; like the napkin used to wipe off the tip to the tablecloth and my fingers to each other.
Yep, four out of ten fingers have a permanent film on the tips right now and the tablecloth has a smidgen of napkin permanently affixed to it...

In the process I've remembered a few things...
1. Fixing something broken is always a messy business
2. In order for the glue to set the pieces must be held together for a long time.
3. When you think it's been long enough, it hasn't
4. The mended piece will always bear a distinctive jagged scar where it was broken.

These are just the facts, and they are as true for people and relationships as they are for objects.

Love is the superglue of life.
Fixing what is broken is almost more intense and messy than expected.
It takes a lot of holding until there is healing.
There'll always be a scar and mended things are more fragile.

Redeeming what is broken is worth the effort and when we love we partner with Christ.
"He heals the broken in heart and binds up their wounds" Psalm 147:3

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