There was a teddy bear who sat high on a shelf in a department store that majored in rapid turnover of its stock. But there he sat.
He was a pretty, brown teddy bear, but he had a problem. He had on a cute pair of bib overalls, but the button that held one strap over the shoulder was missing. The strap drooped by his side, and the bib hung over his chest.
And as he sat there he got more and more dusty. No one seemed very interested in a teddy bear like that.
Then it happened. A little girl walked into the store and spotted the dusty teddy bear with the drooping bib. The clerk suggested that perhaps she would rather have one that was perfect, but the little shopper was insistent. She wanted the dusty one on the top shelf.
When the clerk finally got the teddy bear down and handed him to the little girl, she threw her arms around him and exclaimed, “I love you, but I think you will feel better if I dust you off and sew a button on you.”
Those are Jesus’ words to all of us who find ourselves sitting on shelves, covered with dust, with a few buttons missing. Jesus longs to dust us off, sew the buttons back on and help us get on with our lives.
Thanks to King Duncan for this story. Thanks to Hassan OUAJBIR for the photo.
Is Jesus longing to dust YOU off, sew YOUR buttons back on, and help YOU to get on with YOUR life?
TO SAY THAT I AM MADE IN THE IMAGE OF GOD IS TO SAY THAT LOVE IS THE REASON FOR MY EXISTENCE, FOR GOD IS LOVE!
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