"Stained Glass, Broken People" - by Rev. Weldon Bares


The stained glass windows in the chapel of our church are beautiful. They all survived Hurricane Laura, except for the window that depicts the ascension of Christ to heaven. That beautiful window was smashed and the glass was on the chapel floor. After the storm, the pieces were gathered up and put in a large garbage bag.

A man in Lafayette by the name of Craig McCullen specializes in stained glass. He drove to Lake Charles and we talked about the project. I gave him the bag with all the broken pieces. He took it back to Lafayette, but was having a challenge putting all of the pieces back together in the right place, until I found a picture of the window that I had taken a couple of months before the hurricane.

I sent him the picture and he said, “Yes, that’s just what I needed.” A few months later, the project was completed and our beautiful stained glass window has now been perfectly restored.

I really believe that is a picture of our lives. Something horrific descends upon us and we are shattered. But there is Someone who can put things back together better than ever. There is Someone who can put us back together perfectly.

I am so thankful that Jesus Christ specializes in shattered and broken people. He said, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick.” (Luke 5:31) He truly specializes in shattered and broken people, like me, like you. That is what our Savior does.