David wears his brokenness on the outside. He is missing fingers on his left hand, he’s extremely small for his age and he can’t speak with words. When we are out and about, we can’t hide his imperfections. They are obvious.
In the early days when David was an infant, I kept trying to think of a way to fix his brokenness. I wanted to make it okay. I wanted to make it better. But in the end, it is what it is. David has seven fingers, and no matter how hard I try, I can’t make more fingers grow. The only way to make it okay, was to accept it. To accept the brokenness and to let it hurt. To let it be imperfect. To let it be awful and dark and ugly. And then move forward in grace. In accepting the brokenness I have found hope and beauty. I’m learning that it’s by grace alone we face each day.
The amazing thing about wearing your brokenness on the outside is that it breaks down walls. I can’t pretend we are perfect—our imperfections are obvious. Our struggles are known to anyone we encounter. And somehow, I think it makes us more real and approachable.
Last week I was at the grocery store and a woman came over to me. “He’s adorable”, she said, referring to David, “How old is he?”
“He just turned ten”, I said, with pride and overflowing love. This conversation isn’t unusual. I love to have people engage in conversation with us when they see David’s differences. But on this particular day, the conversation took a turn I didn’t expect.
She looked at me with tears in her eyes, “My son committed suicide a few years ago.” Her eyes searched deep into mine, hoping that if she looked hard enough she could find understanding. She knew that my mommy heart had been broken too. She wondered if there is some kind of glue or tape or string that could help put it back together again.
So I hugged her. Right there in the grocery store. And I told her that life doesn’t go the way we think it’s going to go. I told her I’m learning that even in the midst of the brokenness, we can find beauty. It’s by grace alone that we are able to face each day. And she nodded. She doesn’t wear her brokenness on the outside like David does, but on this day, she decided to open up, be honest and let it show.
We are all broken and it’s by grace alone we face each day.
I couldn’t be more excited to share the updated ‘By Grace Alone‘ necklace with you. It’s been one of our best sellers with DaySpring and it’s back, ready to encourage you or a friend. So much meaning packed into three little words. You’ll find it on sale today ($10 off!)–so hop over and check it out.
By: Lisa Leonard
We’re also excited to giveaway two By Grace Alone Necklaces today, complimentary of DaySpring! To enter, just leave a comment sharing ways you see God’s grace in your daily life. Both winners will also get to choose two charms to include with their By Grace Alone necklace!
We’ll pick winners and announce them on Friday. View the entire Faith Collection from Lisa Leonard here!