Shattered – Matthew 11: 28-30
Living through a year of pandemic has brought its own wearisome burdens. Along with toilet paper, flour, and yeast, there’s been a painful deficit of hugs, of being with people we love, and of worshipping together. Many of us can relate to the cycle of beach glass: once whole bottles, shattered by tossing waves, washed up on the beach in pieces, outer layers ground smooth. Those aren’t pretty images, but the result and re-cycle is beach glass, sea gems, of muted colors and almost silky texture. Broken hearts, broken dreams, broken promises, and broken glass are part of life. Sometimes brokenness overwhelms us and we find ourselves - like beach glass - shattered, fragmented, sanded raw. In time like these Jesus invites us to step away from the tumult, and to rest and meditate on the peace He offers. In The Message translation of Matthew 11, Jesus says, “Walk with Me and work with Me - watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace.” Whatever what this past year has been like for you (some say extraverts have had a harder time than introverts; some say living alone is harder and some say not living alone is harder; some have learned to bake bread and some have been bored; some have purged their closets and some are trading stuff on Buy Nothing Napa) ~ whatever it’s been like ~ all of us have had to learn to make do, to make something out of not much, and to find joy in ordinary moments. We’ve had to look for beauty in the midst of brokenness. Brokenness isn’t definitive. Shattered pottery creates a mosaic, tilled soil becomes a garden, fractured relationships find common ground, and releasing burdens to Jesus can lead to the unforced rhythms of grace. In these forty days of Lent may we find beauty in our own brokenness, the unforced rhythms of grace, and rest for our souls.
Pastor Marylee Sheffer