The loving cup is shared,
The crystal goblet smashed.
Their brave, determined, joyful heels,
Dance in the broken glass.
These words, taken from a poem called Wartime Wedding*, were a tribute to a fictional couple who were married during the height of WWII. While this particular couple was fictional, the reality they represented is not. Countless couples married during the uncertainty of that war, yet did their best to make the most of it.
While I won’t compare everyday life to the rigors of war, in many ways each of us face a world where our floors are covered with broken glass. Our lives are littered with debris that has accumulated from broken dreams, broken promises, broken bodies, and broken hearts. None of us dance very long before the effects of brokenness enter in.
But, what do we do once the brokenness arrives? Do we find a way to move on despite it? Do we continue to put on our dancing shoes and listen for the beauty in music? Or do we just stop seeing the wonders around us? Stop hearing our song? Throw in the towel of surrender thinking joy is only a distant memory?
Take heart, Christian. While God never promised us a life free from broken glass, He makes a great partner for the dance! Will you allow Him to lead you across the floor? –Dave
There is a time to weep and a time to laugh; a time to mourn and a time to dance… (Ecclesiastes 3:4)
*From Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein
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