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Not Breaking the Bruised Reeds
"Some of us tend to do away with things that are slightly damaged. Instead of repairing them we say: "Well, I don’t have time to fix it, I might as well throw it in the garbage can and buy a new one." Often we also treat people this way. We say: "Well, he has a problem with drinking; well, she is quite depressed; well, they have mismanaged their business...we’d better not take the risk of working with them." When we dismiss people out of hand because of their apparent woundedness, we stunt their lives by ignoring their gifts, which are often buried in their wounds.
We all are bruised reeds, whether our bruises are visible or not. The compassionate life is the life in which we believe that strength is hidden in weakness and that true community is a fellowship of the weak."
... if my gifts are buried within my wounds, then I may need a backhoe to extricate them, but perhaps God specializes in excavation...
The wrestle within and without.
Held by and kept in love.
Released into further life.
This is the journey.