Mondays Meditation – This house was made by 1000 hands by Lisa Hunt-Wotton
Most mornings when I wake up in France, the first thing that I see are the large exposed beams of wood in our ceiling. All of them hundreds of years old, all of them hand made.
You can see the marks in the wood where someone has laboured to shave and chip the beams into shape. This house, this apartment was hand made, centuries before electric saws and drills. This house was made by a 1000 hands.
Our lives have been shaped by a 1000 hands. When you look at your life what do you see? We are all a product of our upbringing, society, parents, step-parents, family, schooling, community. Parents, poverty and health are the main factors that shape a child. Who has had a hand in shaping you? Who has moulded you, imprinted on you, dinted you, punctured you, crushed you, cherished you, kissed you and comforted you?
“Every parent is an artist, for the bared canvas of a newborn’s soul begs for the artist’s touch. And because this is so, a parent must prepare the palette with the utmost care, choose the brushes with poised caution, and mindfully attend to every brushstroke regardless of how slight. And such caution is utterly imperative for the emerging rendering will be both a legacy borne of the parent, and a life lived by the child.”
― Craig D. Lounsbrough
Many of my friends have the most amazing families, steadfast and loyal parents who instilled in them cherished values and ethics. They are some of the kindest people in my life. Many others in my life have suffered at the hands of harsh and cruel care givers, or have been left bereft of parents and safety. Abused, rejected, abandoned by those who should have cherished them the most. These beloved and courageous friends can bravely acknowledge their battle scars which have been transformed into silver and precious gold through the transformation of intense heat.
Our society is shaped by people. Healthy people and broken people. Sociologists and physiologists debate, is a psychopath is formed by society or by DNA? Some people who have been heavily scarred never really recover. Their broken lives in turn shape broken children passing down addictions, bitterness, lethargy, and hopelessness.
I want you to know that there is hope for those of us who’s lives have not been shaped well. If the hands that have shaped you have erred and failed at their duty there is still hope. The spirit of God tells this story of hope to Jeremiah the prophet. Jeremiah 18
Go down to the potter’s house, and there I will give you my message. So I went down to the potter’s house, and I saw him working at the wheel. But the pot he was shaping from the clay was marred in his hands; so the potter formed it into another pot, shaping it as seemed best to him.
For those of us whose hearts have been hardened by the pains and wounds of life, whose hearts have become stony: God promises in Ezekiel 36:26 that he will give us a new heart.
And I will give you a new heart, and I will put a new spirit in you. I will take out your stony, stubborn heart and give you a tender, responsive heart.
I know that these promises of God are real because these transformations have happened to me. He has taken my bitter stony heart away and given me a new heart that is soft and alive and full of love and forgiveness. Forgiveness even toward those who have tormented and abandoned me.
Not only has this transformation taken place in my life but he has also put incredible, amazing and faithful people in my life with hands that I can trust. Hands that are used by the Father to shape and mould me. We are never too old to learn or to change for the better. None of us stand alone, we are all shaped by 1000 hands. The difference is that now we can choose the hands that shape us.
Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away. Behold, the new has come! 2 Corinthians 5:17
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