25th August 2020

The Repair Shop

“He heals the broken hearted and bandages their wounds.”
Psalm 147:3 (CSB)

There is a programme on BBC1, called The Repair Shop. People take treasured family heirlooms to the experts for repair and renovation. Most items are old and of no great value but are priceless to the individuals. It may be an old painting, a broken ornament, a toy which no longer works, a music box or a rocking horse. All come with a story about what they mean to the person or family today.

The experts in the repair shop have all the skills and tools required as they lovingly restore whatever the object may be, to the right condition. Sometimes this is a sympathetic repair which retains the history of the object, sometimes a complete renovation, which ends up with the object looking like new again. When the object is returned, the joy and wonder in the faces of the people who have brought it in, sometimes even tears of emotion, make it all worth while both for the experts and for us viewers.

It is a gentle, happy programme which is a pleasure to watch, no bad language, no nastiness, just the enjoyment of the experts as they use their skills to restore the object and the happiness of the people who see their pride and joy restored to good condition. Which got me wondering if we could have a repair shop for people? In one sense we have: if we are physically ill, the NHS is our repair shop, again, with experts and all the equipment necessary to restore us to health in most cases.

But what about our emotional and spiritual health, where do we find a repair shop for them? Emotional wounds are often very deep and invisible so we may carry them for years without people realising we have them. From divorce, bad parenting and money problems, to being treated unfairly. There are many causes of emotional wounds.

What about spiritual wounds? We may suffer from these but just not know it. We may have feelings of frustration about our lives, a feeling of emptiness, a sense of dissatisfaction, or a sense of restlessness and of something missing in our lives which we can’t identify.

Emotional and spiritual wounds often can’t be treated by the NHS. So where do we go to repair them, to find peace? The answer is to God who heals us emotionally and spiritually in a way no human doctor can. In Matthew 11:28-30 Jesus says, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take up my yoke and learn from me, because I am lowly and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Emotional and spiritual wounds do make us feel weary and burdened, so this is a wonderful promise from God. All we have to do is take advantage of it and let God repair us now and for eternity.

Loving and gracious Father, help us to put our absolute trust in you and allow you to heal our emotional and spiritual wounds so we may be closer to you and be better servants to all the people we meet. In Jesus’ name.

Study by Keith Hartrick


About the Author:
Keith Hartrick is an Elder in Grace Communion Church – Leeds.

Local Congregation:
Grace Communion – Leeds
Garden Village Welfare Association Community Centre
Pendas Way
LS15 8LE

Meeting Time:
Saturday 2PM

Local Congregational Contact:
Malcolm Arnold
Phone:  01484-312347
Email: leeds@gracecom.church


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