…casting lesson…

Cast your cares….a phrase frequently used in "Christian circles."  The Greek word for casting can be translated as "to put on" or to "hurl"…seems fitting - cast your cares on Christ, or hurl them - separate yourself from them.  No matter how you translate, there's no avoiding that we're not to carry our own cares.  Yet we do.  I do, you do, she does, he does…we do.  We complain, we whine, we point out the fault in others, we stress, we worry, we mope…seemingly no joy, no power.  Perhaps our problem is we grabbed just enough Bible to set ourselves up for failure…we bumper stickered scripture and missed the bigger picture.  Context, just maybe, could be the issue…

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…a bit cracked…

I ran across something a few weeks ago that discussed Kintsugi (Japanese art form that uses gold to "glue" broken items back together)…which reminded me of a couple of articles on the topic I had saved off because I thought they were a great analogy for what God does for us in our brokenness.   Went and pulled those out and began to think about how to approach the topic.  It wouldn't come together.  I started reading several passages on God's healing, His power, our brokenness…which lead to ones about weakness, grace, mercy, love...

…given…

The portion Rainsford focused on - "Yours they were, and you gave them to me" - has echoed in my mind every day since we read it.  This is Jesus praying to the Father…"they" here is directly related to the disciples, but in context it's bigger than that…it's all believers…