I can usually tell when we are experiencing a change in weather … usually cooler days ahead. The weather change, the significant amount of hand washing and use of hand gel my job requires on a daily basis, tends to dry out my hands. A few days ago, as I was sitting in the Staff Lounge trying to get a few bites of breakfast in between patients, I looked down and realized I was in definite need of some moisturizing lotion.

I applied some lotion to my hands and watched as the dryness began to fade away; and as I ate breakfast, I began to ponder the word “Broken.” Have you ever really looked at this word? Have you ever noticed that the word “OK” appears in the middle … how it is hugged and sandwiched right in the middle of the rest of the letters?

The next few minutes I was lost in thought about how when I feel broken and lost, I am really ok … I am ok because I am hugged and sandwiched by God and all that He has given me. He has given me His unconditional love … He has given me the love of family … of friends … and even that kind word or encounter with a complete stranger. All of these things help to make the brokenness fade away.

The next time you feel like you are cracked or broken or lost … please know and remember that you are hugged, loved and ok, all by the Grace of God.

Dear God, Thank you for loving us unconditionally even when we are broken and lost. Please help us to remember that in the midst of everything, you are present. Amen.

April Schauer

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