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Thursday, March 5, 2020

New barn roof
Yesterday the main upper portion of our barn covered with new roof!
Jesse and Moses are installing the ridge cap. They will come back to install the lower overhangs, fascia trim and cupola.

"Duct Tape For The Soul"

Message summary: Today are you brokenhearted? Do you have some spiritual wounds? I’ve got good news for you! God has not changed. He still cares. And He still acts. “The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit” (Psalm 34:18).

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“He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds” (Psalm 147:3).

Yesterday Jesse and his son Moses replaced the main portion of our barn roof using new metal roofing. We expect it to last our lifetime. Father and son worked hard together, and it was encouraging to see work skills being passed on from one generation to another. Jesse kidded me that we were having our first Amish barn-raising.

After the main roof was on they needed to place the ridge cap on to seal the roof from weather since it was getting too late to fully finish the job. Jesse ran into a minor snafu and I offered some duct tape if needed to cover the seam but he figured it out.

Duct tape mailboxDuct tape is a notorious DIY hack for many applications. Several years ago I used it to temporarily hold a mailbox that had been hit with a snowplow till I could replace the post.

I learned early on in life the many virtues of duct tape from my dad. It’s amazing how much can be fixed with it. I’ve even seen well-worn Bibles covers that Christians refuse to part with bound together with duct tape!

Duct tape t-shirtIn our area many local businesses are owned by Christians and we are accustomed to seeing signs and Scripture verses on businesses proclaiming an aspect of faith.

One year a sales flyer from the Paul B. Zimmerman Hardware store near Ephrata Pennsylvania had the typical hardware store ads for drain cleaner, hinges, cable ties and other items for sale. But the flyer included a Scripture verse under the heading "Duct Tape For The Soul".

Our daily verse is "Duct Tape For The Soul": “He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.” The Hebrew word for “bind” (chabash) has the sense “to bind firmly.” I’m glad God’s binding is not a flimsy variety. This same word is used by Isaiah in describing the mission of the coming Messiah when he states, “He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted” (Isaiah 61:1).

What a joy to personally experience this healthful binding in my own life and as a minister of the Gospel to help others experience it as well. There are inevitable times of broken-heartedness experienced all through life, and perhaps even more so as the aging progresses.

Today are you brokenhearted? Do you have some spiritual wounds? I’ve got good news for you! God has not changed. He still cares. And He still acts. “The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit” (Psalm 34:18).

Be encouraged today,

Stephen & Brooksyne Weber

Praying manDaily prayer: Father, we’re so thankful that when we mess things up You don’t throw up Your arms, shake Your finger at us and say, “You made the mess. Now you fix it.” Plenty of others might do so, but Your compassion far exceeds Your judgment, for You did not send Jesus to condemn, but rather to save us from our own sin and folly. We do lots of temporary “fixing up” in our lives that comes unraveled again or needs ongoing repair. But when we lay our broken hearts before You, You pick up the fragile pieces and restore us spiritually and emotionally. Thank You for binding up our wounds and pouring in Your ointment of healing for our sin sick soul. Only You, Father, can heal the body and spirit. Once we are touched by Your healing hand, we can’t help but reach out to others who need that touch as well. You call us to funnel Your love and comfort to others in pain with the same comfort we ourselves receive from You when we are undergoing pain, suffering, or loss. May we be faithful in doing so. Amen.
(See 2 Corinthians 1:3-4)

Duct-taped shoes

Today's Suggested Music and Supplemental Resources

"He Can Take It"  Video  Brian Free and Assurance

"Burdens"  Video  Jamie Kimmett

Finally today:

Barn roof uncovered
Here's the view after all the old metal was removed from the main roof. Moses is in the red shirt.

Father and son
This photo of Jesse and Moses was taken about 15 years ago in Maryland.

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