Last weekend, I had the lovely opportunity to get together with my four sisters and my mom for a lunch and cousin visit. It had been such a long time since we were all together. It was precious to say the least.
My mom had called us all together to give us a surprise gift. We truly had no clue what it would be, but my mom mentioned that it would be very special. My parents have been married for 43 years. For their 40th wedding anniversary, my dad gave my mom a new wedding set. Her old set was in desperate need of repair and was unwearable. Our gift was a gold necklace set with a small diamond from her original wedding set. I cannot imagine a more special way to honor the original ring!
As I reflected upon the gift that evening, I thought of 2 Corinthians 5:17 (KJV) “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” My mom’s original ring was worn, broken, and tarnished. Yet, with a little help, the ring was made into an entirely new creation. It was made clean and transformed into something that didn’t even resemble its old form. This is exactly what Christ does for us. When we invite Jesus into our worn, broken lives, he promises to make us new. We may even become unrecognizable as Christ transforms our hearts and lives to look more like his. What a precious gift. In His Service, Carley