Isaiah 42:3 – A bruised reed he will not break…
Some bruises are directly linked to the daily blows of your and my sin. Others are clearly caused by the sin of other people. Even still, other bruises don’t seem to be connected much at all. But, if we would take God at his Word, ALL bruising and weakness in life is a direct result of our living in a fallen world where sin has its effect. Even the common cold. Why do we think it’s so common!
Maybe it would be healing for us to share (for the sake of prayer) some of those bruises we are dealing with. I start. You continue. We all pray.
My mom is in the hospital recovering from pneumonia. Bruised lungs I guess – may she know how gently she is held and that she will not break.
My dad is recovering from ankle reconstruction surgery. A bruised limb.
Kori and I are recovering from a bruising vacation – we had a great time that was, I think, personally glorious for both of us. But having spent the whole week chasing kids in the opposite direction and, when there was time, conversing with other family members and not each other… we are now trying to run toward each other for the grace of community in our home (O, and it’s always hard for her to come back from family in TN… truly hard). Some emotional bruises I guess.
There you have it. Thanks be to God that we are held in the hands of him who will not break us by his grace.