Peter Cropper, a distinguished British violinist,
had the opportunity of a lifetime. He was
given permission to play on a priceless 258-year-old
Stradivarius, a violin made the Italian master
craftsman Antonio Stradivari in the late
seventeenth century. However his joy turned
into a terrible nightmare when he tripped
and fell on top of the Stradivarius, breaking
it badly. Peter was devastated.
A friend came to his rescue. He gave
the name of an artisan who was able
this broken violin so perfectly that
same soaring notes came out as melodiously
as the original. You see, when the
parts are placed in the hands of a
craftsman, he is able to transform
into a masterpiece.
We are this broken violin. And the
we realize it, the more chances we
being healed. It is true we manage
to hide our sufferings well. But hiding
from others, and sometimes even from
does not take them away. They remain.
they cause a lot of interior anguish.
This morning, I got up very early and
first email I read was from a couple
who were grieving about their son who
caught selling drugs. Yesterday, at
social party, I was speaking with a
woman, quite young, still living with
family. I was shaken when she told
she is divorced, and her son, also
is living with her - imagine the pain
two broken marriages under one roof.
Is there a way out? Many believe that
is not. You have to simply take in
dumps at you. Others believe there
they realize that we cannot be condemned
to live always like this.
A missionary was lost in the jungle.
a native that promised to help him
They walked and walked, hacking their
through the forest for more than two
The missionary got worried. "Are
sure this is the way? Where is the
The answer was loud and clear, "Bwana,
in this place there is no path. I am
When John the Baptist is arrested and
to prison, he finds himself asking
of searching questions about himself
his mission. It is his dark night.
about Jesus Christ and so he sends
to inquire about him. Jesus just tells
to refer to John what they are seeing:
blind see, the lame walk, the lepers
cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are
and the poor have good news brought
John the Baptist understood immediately.
The Messiah had arrived. And with Him
deliverance. Yes, there is hope for
who are broken! And this hope is Jesus
He is the path.
If we are blind because we cannot see
love of God around us, if we are lame
we are paralyzed by our sins, if we
because we have contaminated ourselves,
we are poor because we just do not
inner resources to face life with all
problems, we can either close ourselves
deeply in the prison of self pity or
look intensely at the door that is
us in, knowing confidently that soon
come and burst open the doors of our
And He comes without any demands of
We live in a culture that demands justice,
the human justice - you have done something
wrong, you must pay for it. Christianity
offers us a new justice which is superior
to the old one, the justice of the
of Christ. We hate Him and He keeps
us. We reject Him and He keeps running
us. He takes our garbage and offers
a ransom to set us free. From sin He
Once on the plane, I had this girl
beside me wearing a T-shirt with a
lock and two blaring words just underneath
that simply said "Unlock me!"
Christ is the only person I know who
and who wants to unlock us so that
energy and talents which are within
gush out. Then we shall start living.
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