Create, repair, sustain
Ephesians 2: 1-10 (NRSVA)
1 You were dead through the trespasses and sins 2 in which you once lived, following the course of this world, following the ruler of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work among those who are disobedient. 3 All of us once lived among them in the passions of our flesh, following the desires of flesh and senses, and we were by nature children of wrath, like everyone else. 4 But God, who is rich in mercy, out of the great love with which he loved us 5 even when we were dead through our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ —by grace you have been saved— 6 and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, 7 so that in the ages to come he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness towards us in Christ Jesus. 8 For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God— 9 not the result of works, so that no one may boast. 10 For we are what he has made us, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand to be our way of life.
God's creativity doesn’t stop when a thing is made. God doesn’t just make it and leave the workshop never to return. God loves creating and creations. Even us.
God sticks around to help us repair ourselves and inspires us to repair the world and each other. Isn’t that just what creating peace in community looks like? Acknowledging that we are all, every single one of us, a bit broken. Then being creative and compassionate in how we deal with brokenness.
Not putting the broken things at the back of the cupboard. Not working them to dust despite the signs that they need fixing. But walking side by side into God’s workshop and saying “God, how do we fix us? What new ways shall we repair and what tools have you already provided to help?”
Dear God of broken things
Help us to see the truth of the healing we need
Be with us as we try to heal our lives and communities
Guide us as we try to heal your world