I’m a Crack Patcher

Isaiah 61: 1-2 says,


“The Spirit of the Sovereign God is on me because the Lord has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the broken-hearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”


Superglue won’t work, bandages fall off and surgery can be risky…. and anyway, none of the fixes can repair a broken heart. Why? Because our true heart is not trapped in a mass of cells, bone, muscle, tendons, blood and skin. It’s who we are, with or without the covering of a body.


God has sent me to help you who have moved and  found a crack in you hearts. You feel disconnected, and lonely as you  long for the neighbor back home who loved your rambunctious two-year old, the friendly old grocery store that offered the best homemade brats anywhere, the church that sent your family off with a superlative going-away party, the friends you’ve know for decades who remember when you, the perfect room-mother, flipped fudge cupcakes all over your third grader’s classroom floor . I watch as you complained about the  perennial garden that took all your waking summerly hours to maintain.


I’ve heard you whisper:


“We were so happy in Kansas, why did my husband loose his job?
“My wife and I planted a church in Nevada. We thought we’d be there forever.”
“After forty –two years, they didn’t have to can me. Why I practically started that company.”
“I never though divorce was an option. Now we’ve had to sell the home we built from the ground up.”


Life drops bombs on all of us,  usually when we’re looking the other way. But the God who love you and me has called me to be part of the FEMA crew that comes in after national disasters, only my job is to help bind up wounds…and along the way share a little humor and hope.


Has life detonated a bomb on you. Don’t blame God, the source of our best help in life. Be encouraged knowing our problems are never permanent but our God who has “sent his people to “proclaim freedom to the captives,” has many helpers with flesh and blood to stand beside you.

I am one of those. I am a Crack Patcher.

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