The Upper Room 6th March 2022 Devotional | Made Whole
Read The Upper Room Daily Devotional for Sunday 6 March 2022, written by Michael D. Kurtz
Michael D. Kurtz (North Carolina, USA)
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
Christ chose to be broken so that we could be whole.
SCRIPTURE: Heal me, Lord, and I will be healed; save me and I will be saved, for you are the one I praise. – Jeremiah 17:14 (NIV)
Message: The Upper Room 6th March 2022 Devotional
I dropped the Communion chalice! It slipped out of my hands and broke into pieces on the concrete. This special chalice, which I had borrowed, belonged to my church. What was I to do? I was almost sick with worry. So I gathered up the chalice pieces and took them to a local potter. He studied the shards for several moments, then looked me directly in the eyes and said, “This is a broken mess, but I will see what I can do. Come back next week.”
When I returned the following week, I could not believe my eyes! The potter had taken my broken mess and transformed it into a whole chalice once again. Yes, fracture lines remained; but the cup was beautifully mended and functional once more. How appropriate, it seemed, that a chalice chosen to contain the fruit of the vine representing the blood of Christ now bears the marks and scars of repaired brokenness, reminding us that we too may be made whole.
We, like the chalice, have been broken and scarred. Yet, when we bring our broken, messy lives to God, we find forgiveness and restoration. God’s amazing grace, exemplified through Christ, puts us back together so that we are forgiven, freed, and empowered for fruitfulness in God’s kingdom.
Gracious Lord, thank you that by your scars we are healed and made whole. Empower us to serve you each and every day. Amen.
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