Thursday, November 4, 2010

restoration & redemption

re-demp-tion
1. an act of redeeming or the state of being redeemed. 2. deliverance; rescue. 3. Theology. deliverance from sin; salvation. 4. atonement for guilt. 5. repurchase, as of something sold. 6. paying off, as of a mortgage, bond or note. 7. recovery
res-to-ra-tion
1.the act of restoring;renewal, revival or reestablishment. 2. the state or fact of being restored. 3. a return of something to a former, original, normal or unimpaired condition. 4. restitution of something taken away or lost. 5. something that is restored, as by renovating.

have you ever passed the old run down abandoned buildings & thought how sad. i recently spent some time thinking on these buildings.

once full of life, a business or a home. the people that would come and go on a daily basis. the things made in the building or memories made in that home. it was an address. it had identity. if it were a mill or factory it had purpose. would manufacture items, ship them out, supply something. workers would come in, produce.

if a home...a family was once inside the walls. it would have been decorated. possibly children born in the home, raised in that now empty house. life happened in the house.
i can imagine the hustle and bustle of both. a vital part of whatever community or neighborhood it was in.

now all that is left is an empty shell of once was. the vitality gone, life absent. windows eventually become broken out, doors & walls cave in. the weeds seep in & overtake the walls. it is unkempt & abandoned. lifeless. how desperate it looks for care. the building sad and empty.
soon a for sale sign goes up- a promise of sorts.

there is hope. it will get cleaned out. fixed up. the walls repaired, new windows & doors. weeds pulled & eventually flowers will begin to grow. restoration will come. redemption. one day it will begin to produce again, one day.

-there is a greater HOPE.

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