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Lent Photo-A-Day (February 10 – March 27, 2016)

Day 34 — Prepare

Oh yay! Prepare! One that I know ALL about. Why I’ve been preparing for things all my life. Sunday School lessons, Kindergarten lessons, college exams, weddings, graduations, birthday parties, some medical exams (!), job interviews, writing a book, having a baby… And yet, after all that practice, I seldom seem to have it altogether. And on those rare occasions that I do, I don’t remember where I put it! Even when I write it down on a sticky note!

post it notes

Apparently all the practice in the world just can’t PREPARE me for life in general. 😦

The truth is, I’m broken, and no amount of preparation can make me the kind of person I really want to be — someone who loves like and behaves like Jesus. But the good news is, even so I’m loved just the way I am; and I can show up on Easter Sunday with love in my heart no matter how broken I may be. You see, Leonard Cohen only had it partly right. Those chips and cracks are how the light gets in, but they’re also how the light gets out! And I hope that light looks a little bit like Jesus.

I come broken to be mended
I come wounded to be healed
I come desperate to be rescued
I come empty to be filled
I come guilty to be pardoned
By the blood of Christ the Lamb
And I’m welcomed with open arms
Praise God, just as I am
(Travis Cottrell)

Do not for a moment suppose that you must
make yourself better, or prepare your heart
for a worthy reception of Christ,
but come at once – come as you are.
Archibald Alexander


Picture Credit: nevertrustajellyfish.com