OCW Prayer

Broken Pieces

by Eva Gibson, OCW Prayer Team

Last summer God brought me a blessing as I told a group of preschoolers the story of Jesus feeding the hungry crowd of men, women, and children who had followed Him. Right away I noticed five-year-old Danny as he sat cross-legged on the rug. As I told of hungry men, women, and children on the mountain and how Jesus multiplied the five barley loaves and the two fish to meet their needs, he leaned forward, his eyes sparkling.

Then I read John 6:12: “When they all had enough, He said to His disciples, Gather up now the fragments (the broken pieces that are left over), so that nothing may be lost and wasted” (amp). I set my Bible down and asked, “What did you learn from this story?”

Danny jumped to his feet, pumping his arms and waving both hands. “Jesus is just like me!” he shouted. “He loves the leftovers, and He doesn’t want anything—ever—to be wasted.”

I like that. Jesus loves the leftovers, and I as a writer understand about leftover bits and pieces of writing failing to find a place of publication. Some of mine are big pieces too: an entire scene in a novel, a carefully crafted article for a magazine, an unpublished novel worn out in its search for a home. These now rest in a box beneath my bed. But what a comfort. What He has blessed He has power to use so that nothing be lost or wasted. Every broken piece is worth gathering up for use not only for our own learning but often for others as time refines.

These broken pieces may even become our sacrifices poured out to Him to glorify Him who knew no sin, our Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ. l

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