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Sunday, June 20, 2010

I Am Broken Part Two

She is sweeping, the broom hits the lamp and it breaks. I look and I find myself smiling at the shattered glass. I catch her by surprise with my wide smile.

Because it's been broken before by her. When she was just little. The first time I lost my temper and yelled.  I can still see her baby blues looking at me and asking for forgiveness. I wasn't willing to give.....to forgive right away. I should of embraced her and told her that it was ok, it's just a lamp, but I didn't. She was broken and I didn't forgive.

Well not when I should of. When I didn't forgive her right away, I was actually telling her that the lamp was more important to me. Oh I would of never said that and I surely did not believe that. But that's what she heard when she didn't hear the words "I forgive you." My prize possesion is not the lamp, my prize possesion is the one who broke the lamp. Can you imagine being unforgiven? How broken you would feel? How shattered you would be?

This lamp has been glued before. It's been put back together and the scars are still there. I got the glue out for the second time.

Forgiveness is like the glue to any relationship. "Mama why are you gluing that old lamp again?" "Why don't you just throw it away?"

 And I replied with a smile, "Because I want to see how many times I am able to forgive, I mean glue this old lamp back together in my life time." The biggest smile came across her face, because she knew she had been forgiven.

"Lord, when my fellow believer sins against me, how many times must I forgive him? Should I forgive him as many as seven times?"

Jesus answered," I tell you, you must forgive him more than seven times. You must forgive him even if he wronged you seventy times seven. Matthew 18: 21-22

I am so thankful that when I am truly broken, He doesn't throw me away........He  is the glue to put me back together again. The scars will be there as a reminder, but my light will shine even brighter than before because I am His prize possesion and I have been forgiven.


  1. Once again....what a blessing.

  2. Excellent, excellent! Thanks for being so forgiving; I hope it will be contagious!

  3. My heart connects and my eyes fill with the reality of my own drama/reaction toward my own humanity and that of my children. Thank you for the gentle reminder; and as you wrote, I softly felt the forgiveness your little girl received. I vividly remember a time when I broke one of my mother's teapots, her response being, "It's okay, Cheryl. I'm not taking it to heaven with me." So, go ahead, milk - spill. I dare you. :0)

  4. Beautifully written (and beautiful lamp by the way)! I needed this reminder today, thank you!

  5. I really liked this post! I am stopping over from Raising Homemakers (got a little behind on the link-up, but I'm making it through everyone slowly but surely). What a good lesson you've taught her, and what a good visual of Christ's lesson on forgiveness.