The shepherd and angel are missing a hand, the angel’s wings are broken off, the donkey is missing his ears. As I unwrapped each piece of my nativity to put under our Christmas tree, I was tempted to put it away and go buy a new one. It has certainly seen better days.
Then I took a closer look and thought about how those broken pieces are like the broken pieces of my life. No, I’m not talking about missing hands or ears or even angel wings, but the times I’ve made poor choices. Those poor choices broke pieces of my life that could not be mended by me.
I looked again and noticed that all those broken pieces are focused on the tiny baby laying in the manger. All kneeling and bowing, including the animals, who all got a first peak at the King of kings and Lord of lords.
And how, like them, when I come and kneel at the feet of Jesus, he takes all the broken pieces of my life and slowly begins putting them back together.
There are scars…but they are just that…scars. Reminders of how the grace and love of God, who came to us in the tiny manger, took all those broken pieces of my life and somehow put it all back together again to be a reflection of His love for the world.
As you celebrate the birth of our Savior Jesus Christ this Christmas season, bring to Him all your broken pieces and allow Him to restore you.
“He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.”
As for me, I’m going to hang on to my broken nativity as a reminder of how God has taken the broken pieces of my life and put them together again.
This Christmas, go to the Character of God page and download your own copy to meditate on our great God, who came to save us!
Tina Chambers Smith is a speaker, writer, author and founder of Raising Kids on Your Knees, a blog focused on praying and parenting life into the lives of our children. She has seen the power of prayer in her own children’s lives and believes there is no better way for us as moms to raise our children than on our knees in daily prayer for them. Tina resides with her husband, Rod, in the mountains of Western North Carolina. Together they have four children and two grandchildren.