Posted by: Pastor Terry Hagedorn | July 24, 2018

Gracefully Broken ❤️

Valerie Stebel, the mother of my donor, wrote:

I was at the store last night and there was a lady with two kids behind me in the LONG line. One was a big kid, one was a toddler. The bigger one had a pack of glow sticks and the toddler was screaming for them, so the Mom opened the pack and gave him one, which stopped his tears. He walked around with it smiling, but then the bigger boy took it and the toddler started screaming again. Just as the Mom was about to fuss at the older child, he bent the glow stick and handed it back to the toddler. As we walked outside, the toddler noticed that the stick was glowing and his brother said “I had to break it so you could get the full effect of it.

“l could hear God saying to me, “I had to break you to show you why I created you. You had to go through everything in your path, so you could fulfill your purpose.”

That little toddler was happy just swinging that “unbroken” glow stick around in the air because he didn’t understand it was created to “glow”.

There are some people who will be content just “being”, but some of us that God has chosen, have to be “broken”. We have to get sick. We have to lose a job, or go through a divorce, or bury our spouse, or parent, or best friend, or child, because, in those moments of extreme desperation, God is breaking us, but when the breaking is done, we are truly able to see, and understand, the reason for which we were created. To glow!”

Copy & paste this if you have experienced being broken. Don’t forget to include a picture of yourself.


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