At The Menders!

Saturday, March 9, 2002

2 Corinthians 4:16-18 – Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. (NIV)

Before Christmas, as I practiced with the band for the coming service, my guitar-strap broke and, unsupported, it fell to the concrete floor with a bang. I was rather upset, and, since then, my beloved twelve-string has sat there in its case in a corner of the room.

I have had the guitar since I was nineteen years old. One day, something from within led me into a second-hand shop in South London, where, as a left-handed player, I took a chance, bought a right-handed guitar, and found that it played well, after several minor adjustments.

Anyway, when I had the chance, I took it to the menders. It would still show the scar of its fall, but it would not cost much to repair the original split with glue. However, whilst there, I was drawn to have it re-fretted, re-strung with new strings, the bridge remounted for a left-handed player, and more.

The guitar is not worth the investment, in cash terms, to have all this done, but, as it is soon to be my birthday, I decided that I would like to have it done as a gift from my wife, because it is a part of who I am. As I play it, so I will be reminded of the gift. Of course, I expect it will sound and play slightly better when I get it back.

Today's scripture reminds us that, although we all have damaged, worn-out parts, like my guitar, and we are not used as we were originally created, we are still lovingly cared for, repairable, renewable, and people within whom much has been invested by our owner, so that we can be a song for Him who is loving-kindness itself.

Psalm 100:1-2 – Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth. Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs. (NIV)

Prayer: Lord, we rejoice that as we come to You as sinners, we have, by Your grace, been set free from the damage of the world, and we can now sing joyful songs. We ask that You will carry us on with You into life without end in Your Kingdom. Amen.

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