A few days ago, I was completely surprised by a very special package which arrived in the mail. The gift inside was absolutely beautiful, but as i read the accompanying letter, it suddenly became a precious and priceless treasure in my hand.
Both Kip and I couldn't stop staring at it. The design was so pretty, but it also had a message---a very moving and powerful message. It was designed by a lovely gal whose friendship I treasure enormously. We did not know each other until she contacted me on Jan. 1, 2015. Two years prior she was in a car accident and has been struggling with head trauma ever since. I asked if I could share the beautiful message of her priceless gift. She graciously said yes.
Please take a moment to look at the plate.....carefully. It is a reflective piece of "life art" inspired by the unique beauty of a stained glass window:
~ The black lines are representative of the leading:
these lines represent family, friends, care providers, pastors and anyone else who helps us pick up and re-set the shattered pieces of our lives.
~The white areas represent missing pieces:
These represent things we used to do well but may no longer be able to do, particularly with a newly acquired disability.
~The colourful pieces represent shattered glass pieced together again:
Life is different, yet not without purpose. If we look for, and allow God's Light in our lives, He will shine through every broken piece, illuminating the beauty retained within us while also shining down on those who walk the journey alongside us.
As for the missing pieces? Notice how she carefully referred to these white areas as "missing" pieces, not "lost" pieces. To me, this is the most powerful part of her beautiful design. She painted the coloured "missing pieces" on the back of the plate referring to them as memories: great memories signifying the joy of life before the accident. These are not "lost" pieces, but beautiful pieces of life she has learned to cherish and hold dear. She did not choose to discard them for they are significant reminders of the blessings she has experienced and been blessed with.
THIS is an amazing woman who praises God for every moment of her life. Her new journey has been, and still is, very difficult. Yet she chooses to find beauty in her days, no matter how tough. She chooses to be grateful to God. She chooses to glorify Him by recognizing His Work in her life, even when she doesn't understand. She chooses to let HIS Light shine through her. And, it does!!!
May her inspirational message bring encouragement and renewed faith.
Thank you my dear friend for permitting me to share your beautiful gift and inspiring message. Thank you for being such a blessing. Thank you for this priceless gift which I will always cherish.
"Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the LORD rises upon you. Isaiah 60: 1 NIV
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