Wednesday, November 4, 2009

"To Go Against One's Conscience Is Neither Safe Nor Right. Here I stand. I Cannot Do Otherwise."....Martin Luther

Cracked But Not Broken

A friend once used the term "Cracked But Not Broken". Wow, how appropriate when describing "going through". It is amazing how God allows us to "go through" and despite any nicks or cracks, we are not broken. It isn't until we are older and wiser that we can appreciate the scars and memories of how we over came.

When we come across furniture that has fine cracks, it is said to have character and value. We classify it as an antique. The term antique has this unspoken value attached to it. When I look at my grandmother, who I love and adore, I appreciate her value. She will often speak of her life. I marvel at her tenacity, courage, resilience, spunk, and her unapologetic attitude towards life. Her wrinkles, her furrows across her forehead, her slow methodical movements and her quick agile sharp mind are unapproachable. Her sense of humor is contagious. Her love for her family is unquestionable. Her stories of hardship are heart wrenching, but through it all she made it through., "Cracked But Not Broken".

I besiege you, my queens, to not allow your situation to break you. Take these moments of darkness and emptiness and learn the lessons from these experiences. Take with you the wherewith all not to allow yourself to fall victim to the same dark and empty experience again.

Oh, you will have some cracks and bruises. Some will dissipate with time but others will remain to remind us of that place and our struggle to remove ourselves from that place. Just remember and call out the name of Jesus, our mothers, sisters, aunts, grandmothers and other women of yesteryears who are no longer here and our sisters who are here now. Reach out for that unwavering and never ending presence of God, for those cracks are like the imperfect circles that are used to count the years of a tree, they are like the beauty of our graying hairs to signify grace, wisdom, experience, and fortitude.

Remember the challenge of repairing a crack is far less challenging than the repair of something broken.

Peace and Blessings,

Tracey ReNissa

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