I often find myself enthralled by windows. Windows are gateways to ‘another’ world, yet serve as barriers, too. It is like being in a place that is so near yet so far away, if you view windows in this way.
It may also be either one or the other – windows can let you connect to the outside, while staying safe inside. This is more like it for me, most times.
Or — you may perhaps see windows as a boundary between you — and the world out there.
Here is a series of photos of a window at home taken from slightly different angles, and at various times of the day.
“People are like stained – glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within.” –
God heals a broken heart, but He has to have all the pieces.
This quote came to mind after I broke a glass by accident, and I was keeping it away intending to wrap it carefully before I’d relegate it to the trash bin.
Despite the damage, a sparkling glean radiated – like a glint of the rising sun – from its sharp, broken edges and the shards scattered at the bottom, transforming the broken glass into a stunning beauty!
We are just like that glass ~~ broken, crushed at times. Yet we can appreciate ourselves even more, if we can look at ourselves through God’s eyes. And if despite our weaknesses, our failures, our struggles, we carry on and lift to God our pains and sorrows, we strengthen our character; we strengthen our faith in God and in ourselves.
But we need to trust God, first of all. Trust that He can work His miracle in us if we allow Him to do so. Thus, we need to lift up to Him all our cares, our sufferings — He has to have all the broken pieces” of ourselves to make us whole again, and again, and again…
Times when I do get angry at myself for some reasons, such as not meeting my goals for the day, or when stuck at a certain task, or faced with situations that make me think low of myself. Tears flow, especially when the hurt inside is much like the pain caused by the sharp edges of a broken glass. Yet I remember to pray – sometimes, it’s a real struggle to, still I cry my heart out to Him.
At that point, God’s Peace and Mercy fill my heart to the brim, and I get the confidence to move on. Indeed, I can start to love myself wholly again, for God makes me whole again with His undying Love.
A Prayer to the Holy Spirit
Come, Holy Spirit…replace the tension within us with a holy relaxation.
Replace the turbulence within us with a sacred calm.
Replace the anxiety within us with a quiet confidence.
Replace the fear within us with a strong faith.
Replace the bitterness within us with the sweetness of grace.
Replace the darkness within us with a gentle light.
Replace the coldness within us with a loving warmth.
Replace the night within with Your day.
Replace the winter within us with Your spring.
Straighten our crookedness, Fill our emptiness,
Dull the edge of our pride, Sharpen the edge of our humility,
Light the fires of our love, Quench the flames of our lust.
Let us see ourselves as You see us.
That we may see You as You have promised,
And be fortunate according to Your word:
“Blessed are the pure of heart, for they shall see God.”
(prayer courtesy of the St. Joseph Convent of Perpetual Adoration, Hemady, Quezon City)
(I edited this piece because the glass photos that came with this post could no longer be used since I updated the theme of my blog…)