When I was a girl I remember my mom handing me a sock with a hole in it and a light bulb and a needle and thread. She then sat down and taught me how to darn, or mend, the sock so that it could continue to be useful and worn.
I hadn't thought of that until a bit ago when I pulled out a sweater and discovered some moth holes. To be able to wear it again I will need to darn it - otherwise it is useless, not even worth donating to Goodwill.
The thing is once the sweater is mended, to most folks it will look like its perfect, but I will know that there are three little holes on the front of it...I wonder, will this prevent me from wearing it? Will I feel embarrassed, wondering if someone will find me out, notice that I am wearing a sweater that had to be repaired?
How often do we think these same thoughts about our own lives? God is the great mender...do we trust Him and his healing power, his grace, enough to go into the world with the confidence of one who was lost, but now found? Broken and yet redeemed?
Only by the grace of God,