The Broken Pieces (Dedicated to the Neglected Children of Romania)

The Broken Pieces (Dedicated to the Neglected Children of Romania)
By Jennifer Harper 8/12/2012

A dark cry of despair fills the room.
An empty thought paints a shadow of gloom.
Never to know a mother’s smile, never to know her love,
Leaves a child wondering to doom.

Locked away in body and in mind like a useless tool no one to come find.
Until one day a bright light appears to wipe away the sadness and the tears.
A heart once broken in pieces from neglect through the years,
Hears a voice that calms his fears:

“Come, young one, I will heal your broken pieces,
I will mend your broken heart.
I died for you so that we will never have to part.”
This is the voice of  One who sends His servants to the most despaired at heart.

The child looks up to see a face who’s eyes are filled with such forgiveness and such grace.
Actions speak louder than words, and the actions towards this child spoke its master’s heart,:
To care for the fatherless, to love them with all of their hearts.
With pure Christ-like love a child shall never want.

With God’s pure love, all small windows for this child are closed,
All large doors are open for this child to prosper as no one would ever suppose.
Like broken pieces of shells on the sand,
God takes a neglected child in His hand and molds him with love as only He can.

Proverbs 31:8-9

Things Found in the Backyard

Spring is here, and so are all of the beautiful flowers that come with it! Each day of Spring is a new adventure. What new form of life will be found today? The best part of Spring is the new life that comes out of the old plants.  Through Fall and Winter, many plants look listless and dried up, but when Spring comes life enters their veins once again.  It’s as if they are new once again.

This newness of life can also be found in Christ, “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” (II Cor. 5:17). Like the plants of Fall and Winter, we are lifeless without Christ. Once He enters our lives new life is given. The leaves of Fall blow away, the harshness of Winter is melted, and we are transformed into beautiful, new creatures.

It’s amazing how it’s so hard to recognize something that was so dead and is now so alive. Nothing is similar. This is how it should be in the Christian’s life. After Salvation has taken place, nothing should be as it was before. A tree holds it’s shape through all seasons, but when the new life from Spring comes into it,  it looks nothing like the tree that it was before. It still looks like a tree, but nothing of its life as a “dead” tree remains. This is how a Christian should be. Nothing of our “dead” life should remain in us. We should be showing the new life that we have received through Christ.

As a freshly bloomed flower shows the beauty and awesomeness of God, so should we as Christians. “Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection:” (Romans 6:3-5).

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