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The big ugly vase could not have been that expensive. You’ve seen them. Walk into a furniture store and they’re standing in the living settings. It’s skinny and not very brightly colored. Some have some kind of brushed boring finish. Probably not your style. There are several paintings and a couple of cool looking lamps.

There’s a man chair with your name on it. You sit down and relax. You think to yourself, “This is perfect.”

Now all you’re thinking about is the price. You get up, not realizing a big ugly vase is in your way. You talk to the salesman, turn and walk right into it. As you watch that big ugly thing teeter and fall, it’s as though you are in the slow motion part of “The Matrix.”

Instead of dodging bullets, you’re trying to grab, reach and stretch—but to no avail. At full speed the vase crashes onto the floor and breaks into a thousand little pieces. You turn to the salesman with a contorted expression of “Oh no.” He doesn’t say a thing, but you happen to see the sign next to him, “You break it, you bought it.” You turn thinking that ugly thing couldn’t cost that much and on the floor it’s screaming, $599.

If you think about it, every one of us is broken.

That broken vase wasn’t as valuable as when it was standing upright in all its boring ugliness. You could never put it back together again and have it be worth what it was. Maybe you feel your life is like that vase—you’re broken and you can’t get up.

-Fragile things break easily. Are you in a fragile place today?

-Broken bodies make for difficult healing. Do you need healing?

-Broken hearts make it difficult to love again. Want to love again?

-Broken homes make it difficult for family restoration. Want hope?

-Broken relationships make it difficult to trust. Need to be trusted?

-Brokenness makes it difficult to get beyond discouragement and despair. Need to be put back together?

It looks difficult to fix—but there is good news.

There is someone who can help you put the pieces back together. Asking Jesus for help is my recommendation to help you get started on the path to put the pieces back together.

When you seek His help, He’ll see the broken pieces of your life and start putting it together with Him as your glue. Because He loves you and hasn’t quit on you, He will help rebuild your life. He will make your life even more valuable than when you were saying, “I’ve fallen and broken, and I can’t get up.”

Let’s pray.

The Rev. Scott Van Bibber is pastor of New Hope Church of the Nazarene. Sermon notes is a column by local religious leaders.

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