Here we go again with another “Five Minute Friday” post! To learn more about “Five Minute Friday” (FMF), check out the linked image here. Basically, each week there’s a word given for you to write about. You start writing, no back-tracking, editing, etc. At the end of 5 minutes, you stop. Then you post it, and share in the community of words that were birthed during these 24-ish hours. It’s cool stuff.
So here’s this week’s response to the word: “broken”.
I try to help them make sense of it, but I’m limited in my abilities. There will come a day when the full force of the world’s brokenness is made known to them in a painful way. A way I never could have prevented. I try to wrap them in so much of God’s healing movement, that if and when that should ever happen – their very nature is to know how to respond with God.
I forget about it even being an issue, but then something simple happens. They learn a new word. One we don’t really say in our home. As soon as I hear it, I’m reminded – I’m not in control of what they experience in this world. And this…this is a broken world. A place where even the people of God are torn to pieces by issues blasted all over social media – during the very week dedicated to celebrating the fact that GOD DIED for us, and experienced the RESURRECTION ahead of all things, becoming our link to New Creation and giving us a place before the throne.
God has begun a movement. A movement of making our world unbroken. It’s so much more than Him wanting to burrow a place into our hearts, and making sure we love him more than _______. It’s about transforming hearts and minds, freeing prisoners and announcing a new way of living has been made possible. A way that’s changing the cosmos. The way of new creation.
So for now, I train them one skinned knee (or rug-burned tummy, as it was this week from sliding down a staircase) at a time. Yes, I’m sorry that hurts – let’s pray together that God would bring comfort. The pain will change as they grow older. The response will not. We will wrap our identity as a family around God bringing healing to our world – so that when the world’s “broken” hits closer to home they have a knee-jerk response of New Creation…