Beauty out of Brokenness

It was Christmas Eve in the Austrian Alps and everything had been planned for the midnight service at the newly constructed Church of St. Nicholas.  However, the priest discovered that the organ was broken, causing a panic among the leadership.  The priest thought to himself, “I guess I’m going to have to write a new song, one that could be sung without an organ.” So in a hurried fashion, he wrote the words, “Silent night, holy night, all is calm, all is bright.”  He took the text to his organist, who in turn composed the simple tune we know today.  That night, December 24, 1818, “Silent Night” was sung for the first time at the Church of St. Nicholas.  Therefore, this Christmas Eve we’ll celebrate the 200-year anniversary of this classic Christmas carol.  Were it never for a broken organ, there would never have been a beautiful “Silent Night.”

That night, God brought beauty out of brokenness, and He still does today.

What’s broken in your life? What’s not working in your life?  What is causing you great pain and heartache in your life?

What if God planned this pain for your greater gain?  What if God is using every ounce of uncertainty, pain, and hardship in your life for your good and His glory?  If that were true, it wouldn’t make the pain go away, but it would make you unshakable in the midst of your pain.

Well, that’s exactly what the Bible tells us.  Romans 8:28 says, “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.”

In other words, God brings beauty out of brokenness.

That’s your story.

And it all comes back to the Savior being born on that Silent Night at the first Christmas—the one who’s body would eventually be broken on that ugly, horrific cross.  The earth shook as he died, almost as if to say that the world’s brokenness had come to its climax.  But it was there, on that hill called Calvary, that God brought the greatest beauty out of the world’s greatest brokenness.

Indeed, God worked it all for the good of those who love Him and are called according to His purpose.

So even today if you sense the bitter taste of the curse through the brokenness all around you, just know this: because of the promise of Romans 8:28, you can sing, “All is calm, all is bright” even in your day of calamity.

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