Thursday, December 13, 2018
Isaiah 28:16 – So this is what the Sovereign Lord says:
"See, I lay a stone in Zion, a tested stone, a precious cornerstone
for a sure foundation; the one who trusts will never be dismayed."
The friend and customer for whom I had finished a stained
glass commission was extremely happy. He had brought me a small oil
painting of the Holy Family and asked me to recreate it in glass for him to
hang in his window for Christmas. Unfortunately, a few days later, he
returned with the beautiful glass in nothing but pieces. He had dropped it.
He had swept up all the pieces and brought them back to me in a large
We dumped it out onto my table, and all I could
do was sigh. It looked impossible. I just couldn't see how or where I
would even begin to put it back together. My friend simply said, "I
will leave it with you. Think about it. If you can't do anything, would
you please make me another one?"
So I thought about it and
I prayed about it, and as I did, ideas began to circulate within my mind as
to how I would at least make a start. Step by step, I prayed and worked.
The most difficult issue was that the foundational clear glass to which the
stained glass is glued had been shattered, so there was nothing to attach
the coloured pieces to. I carefully sifted through all the shards and
gradually glued most of the original foundational glass back together. Once
I had done this, I took a brand new piece of clear glass and glued it to
the back of the shattered pieces. Now I had a brand new foundation,
enabling me to begin rebuilding the entire piece. I managed to complete it
The finished product was quite amazing. Though
small cracks could be seen here and there, the overall piece was beautiful.
The cracks were an important reminder to my friend and me that each person
needs a new foundation to build their lives upon: the foundation of Jesus
Christ. Without Him, nothing that we build is lasting. But with Him, our
lives take on a new and eternal purpose. With Him as our foundation, the
broken and shattered pieces of our lives become mended and whole again,
becoming a testimony to the glory of His goodness, love, and healing power.
We also become part of the Holy Family — in this case, the Father,
the Son, and the Holy Spirit. As the prophet Isaiah wrote so many years
ago, the one who trusts in this tested stone, a precious cornerstone for a
sure foundation, will never be dismayed.
Perhaps, as you read
this today, your life has been shattered. Perhaps, you have not yet placed
your faith in Jesus, the tested stone, the precious cornerstone for a sure
foundation. Perhaps, today would be a good day to do so, for the one who
trusts in Him will never be dismayed.
Prayer: Father God,
thank You for sending us Jesus, the precious cornerstone for a sure
foundation. Thank You that all who call out in faith and believe upon His
name and His saving power find forgiveness for their sins and eternal life
in Him. Bless all those today who are making the choice to begin a new life
with Christ as their foundation. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.
Lynne Phipps <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Atlin, British Columbia, Canada
Today's Thought: Then there are
those who are waiting for opportunity to break the door down and come
Today's Verse: Matthew 2:4-6
– When King Herod had called together all the people's chief
priests and teachers of the law, he asked them where the Christ was to be
born. "In Bethlehem in Judea," they replied, "for this is
what the prophet has written: 'But you, Bethlehem, in the land of
Judah, are by no means the least among the rulers of Judah; for out of you
will come a ruler who will be the shepherd of my people Israel.'"
Today's Bible Readings:
One-Year* Scripture Passage: Song of Solomon 3-4
Two-Year* Scripture Passages: 2 Kings 11; Philippians 1:1-11
Canadian Bible Society Daily Bible Reading: Zephaniah 2:1-15
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