Cracks let the light in

“Ring the bells that still can ring. Forget your perfect offering. There is a crack in everything that’s how the light gets in.”*
At first reading, this psalm paints a dim picture of humanity. We seem to gravitate toward what we know is wrong. We generally like the easiest, and sometime cruelest, approach. Simply put, we are imperfect people. Some of us are broken. Some of us are cracked.
But there is hope; this is not how the story ends. Despite our love of the shadows, it is in the cracks that God finds a way to get the light in to love us in spite of ourselves. We may deserve the wrath of God, but we get the love of God. The love of God shines through our brokenness, shines through our failings, and allows us to flourish.
To trust in God’s unfailing love means to not be ashamed of our cracks and brokenness. God’s light will get in.

*Leonard Cohen, “Anthem.”

Dear Lord, I know that I have sometimes made the wrong choices that have led to cracks and brokenness. Help me trust in your unfailing love to shine through my cracks and make me whole. Amen.

Contributed by Virginia Burke

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