We all have ragged edges,
yet somehow fit together beautifully,
A crazy quilt of splendid variety,
Stitched together with elaborate red stitchery.
Each piece unique in color and shape,
With different backgrounds and histories,
Yet united together to tell of the Maker’s glory,
More beautiful together than each piece separately.
Whether emotional and dramatic,
Or more somber and even partly tragic,
Every scrap has a story to tell,
Not just the bold but the quiet as well.
All coming from different places,
And purposefully placed in designated locations,
He brings together even clashing pieces,
And makes them united through His love.
Apart, not very helpful in longevity,
Yet together, purposeful for all of eternity.
Even the most odd piece can be a part,
Each piece He stitches in belongs in His work of art.
Our modern culture looks at “church” as perfectly painted steeples and pews in perfect order with a band at the altar.
But truly church is a people and this people is broken beyond the all the remedies this world has to offer.
Our modern culture sees “worship” as a concert and short sermon once a week.
But truly worship is what we do and think each and every day, not just a single hour on Sundays.
Our modern culture calls the Bible irrelevant in the modern era; nothing more than stories and some good advice.
But truly the Bible is God’s word and His word does not change.
Our modern culture likes to focus on the “love, peace and acceptance” part of Christianity.
But truly God’s definition of these words is quite different from the world’s.
Our modern culture labels anyone that goes to church and owns a Bible a Christian.
But truly being a Christian is more than going through the motions and is about developing a relationship with our Heavenly Father.