Crushed and Beautiful
welcome to today's encouragement from our daily bread our reading titled crushed and beautiful was written by Lisa and Samara
 at first glance I dismissed the painting consider the lilies by Makoto fujimura as a simple monochromatic painting featuring a lily seemingly hiding in the background however the painting came alive when I learned it was actually painted with more than 80 layers of finely crushed mineral and a style of Japanese are known as nihonga a style food in Iraq called slow art looking closely reveals layers of complexity and Beauty Virginia explains that he sees the gospel told in the technique of making Beauty through Brokenness just as Jesus is suffering brought the world wholeness and Hope
 God loves to take aspects of Our Lives where we've been crushed and broken and create something new and beautiful King David needed God's help to repair the broken tooth and had life caused by his own devastating actions in Psalm 51 written after admitting to abusing his kingly power to take another man's wife and arranged the murder of her husband David offered God his broken and contrite heart and pleaded for Mercy the Hebrew word translated contrite means crushed
 for God to refashion his heart David had his first offer him the broken pieces it was both an admission of sorrow and Trust David entrusted his heart faithful and forgiving God who lovingly takes what's been crushed and transforms it into something beautiful
 today's our daily bread devotional scripture reading is from Psalm 51 verses 10 through 17
 create in me a pure heart oh God and renew a steadfast Spirit Within Me
 do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing Spirit to sustain me
 then I will teach transgressors your ways so that Sinners will turn back to you deliver me from the guilt of Bloodshed oh God you who are God my savior and my tongue will sing of your righteousness open my lips Lord and my mouth will declare your praise you do not Delight in sacrifice or I would bring it you do not take pleasure in burnt offerings My Sacrifice of God is a broken Spirit a broken and contrite heart you God will not despise
 Heavenly Father help us to entrust our broken this to you the leading the in your time you'll transform it into something truly beautiful thank you Lord It's in Jesus name we pray amen
 thanks for listening today my name is Alicia Risinger and today's encouragement was provided by Our Daily Bread Ministries