Review highlights of the day, creating a word-picture of what you have experienced.
What is one image that stuck with you today? (something you saw)
What is something you heard from stage that made you think?
How does it feel to see or talk about things that are broken?
Think about the fragments of a Mosaic. Consider that each broken piece has a story to tell.
Romans 8:31-38 (The Message)
So, what do you think? With God on our side like this, how can we lose? If God didn’t
hesitate to put everything on the line for us, embracing our condition and exposing
himself to the worst by sending his own Son, is there anything else he wouldn’t
gladly and freely do for us? And who would dare tangle with God by messing with
one of God’s chosen? Who would dare even to point a finger? The One who died for
us—who was raised to life for us!—is in the presence of God at this very moment
sticking up for us. Do you think anyone is going to be able to drive a wedge between
us and Christ’s love for us? There is no way! Not trouble, not hard times, not hatred,
not hunger, not homelessness, not bullying threats, not backstabbing, not even the
worst sins listed in Scripture:
They kill us in cold blood because they hate you.
We’re sitting ducks; they pick us off one by one.
None of this fazes us because Jesus loves us. I’m absolutely convinced that nothing—
nothing living or dead, angelic or demonic, today or tomorrow, high or low,
thinkable or unthinkable—absolutely nothing can get between us and God’s love
because of the way that Jesus our Master has embraced us.
In the face of sin and brokenness, there is nothing that can separate us from God’s love. Earlier in Romans 8, Paul goes so far as to say that even in the worst of situations, God can and is working for good in all things.
Brokenness is never the final answer.
Close by naming some of the instances of brokenness,
asking God to re-create, redeem, and renew them for good.