Transformed, Repaired, Created

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Last night on BBC1:

Garden Rescue showed a family with a tired, neglected garden. The experts produced a design and skilfully landscaped paths and seating areas; beds for a variety of flowers, shrubs and trees transformed the garden. The family were delighted.

The Repair Shop included a 17th Century painting, a grandmother’s ring, a well-travelled trunk and a toy donkey. Each held significant sentimental value and each was expertly repaired, restored and returned to their grateful owners.

The Great British Sewing Bee showed sewing enthusiasts creating summer garments – a pair of shorts, a women’s cocktail outfit and a sundress. Lengths of material and discarded garments became unusual, original and useful clothing.

Positive messages… The neglected can be transformed, the broken can be repaired, the brand-new can be created.

This morning… reading the story of Elisha (2Kings 4&5).

Through Elisha and his God… a widow and her sons were rescued from bankruptcy and slavery; a childless couple had a son; a dead boy came back to life; a poisonous stew was made harmless; a hundred men were miraculously fed with a small quantity of food; a foreign general was healed of leprosy…

The neglected can be transformed, the broken can be repaired, the brand new can be created...

Yesterday… reading a story

A dog goes into a room and comes out wagging his tail. Another dog goes into the same room and comes out growling. A woman goes into the room to see what could make one dog so happy and the other so mad.

She finds a room filled with mirrors. The happy dog found a thousand happy dogs looking back at him whist the angry dog saw only angry dogs growling back at him.

The neglected can be transformed, the broken can be repaired, the brand-new can be created…

We see it if it reflects the sort of people we are…transforming the neglected, repairing the broken and creating the brand-new.

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