Is there an object in your past that brings back happy memories or memories of happier times? I remember a garden seat, made of wooden slats and painted cherry red. The wood was rotting even then, but it was a great place to sit as a child and survey my grandparents’ garden. Then there was a three-sided, dimpled Haig whisky bottle, filled with old sixpences, and an old book of newspaper cartoons from the 1920’s. These days only the book survives; the seat and the whisky bottle are gone forever.
But for some people, what once brought them joy is now gathering dust in a cupboard and is in need of some attention. Such objects are the focus of a current BBC TV series, ‘The Repair Shop’. Three or four beloved items are brought into the workshop by their owners, each in a state of disrepair – i.e. the items, not the owners! And often the task of restoration seems immense, but at the end of the programme, the owner is presented with their object looking brand new and in full working order, just as they remember it!
On yesterday’s programme a lady brought in an early Victorian portrait of a young Frenchman, which was, in her own words, “fit for the bin”. It was so dirty that you could barely make out the face; the canvas was torn in several places, and the frame was missing. When the work had been completed however, the result was astonishing – it was as if the painting had come alive! The man’s face glowed with life, his grey eyes gazing out of the painting. The holes in the canvas had disappeared, and the whole portrait was surrounded by an elegant gold frame. On her return to the workshop it was if the lady received her ancestor, because that’s who he was, back from the dead.
That’s all very well for inanimate objects, but how do you fix who you are? Maybe there is someone reading this post today, who regrets the past, who yearns for a new start in life, even for a whole new you? There really is only one person, who can make us new on the inside, who can wash away the past and give us a whole new start, and that is Jesus. Nothing and no one else can do that; not religion, not good works, not philosophy; only Jesus. Listen to His words:
“I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean. I will cleanse you from all your uncleanness and your idols. I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will take away your stubborn heart of stone and give you an obedient heart.”
“Thank you God for today, a day of new beginnings and a fresh start. I no longer hold onto my past, I give it to you. Please come into my life; wash me clean, forgive me and make me new.”
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