TORN PAGES

TORN PAGES
By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

A recent conversation with an individual led to a book being placed in my hands:
WITH THE OLD BREED
By: E.B. Sledge
The book is a New York Time's Bestseller which the miniseries "The Pacific" is based off of.
A true page turner, I'm looking forward to getting my hands on it and my mind into it.
History and biography intertwined thrill me.
 Unfortunately, my time hasn't yet come.
My reach for the book was preceded by my husband's who became fully engaged and claimed it within two minutes.
Yesterday, when the book sat idle a few moments, I swooped it up to absorb a quick page and in the "swooping up," a page got inadvertently torn out because of something sticky on the surface of the coffee table.
Bugger and blast.
With a page now embedded to the coffee table, the enjoyment of reading the book had been literally stripped away.
Mumbling under my breath, I grabbed a dish rag, wiped down the coffee table, and looked to see if a remedy to "patch up" the book existed.
It did not.
A new book was promptly ordered through Amazon and the "old" book will now sit on our book shelf minus one page.
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Hmmm ...
Life is like that.
Our lives are like that.
We have sticky spots in our life where a page gets torn out, an incident occurs, and we must deal with it in some fashion:
-Some of us are consumed with blaming the guy who got the sticky goo on the table in the first place.
-Some of us close the book and hope it doesn't get found out.
-Some of us do a little patchwork and call it good.
-Some of us take responsibility, tell the owner the truth, and make the rightful purchase of a new book for the kind owner who gladly lent it.
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It's a respectable thing to take responsibility for "torn pages" in our lives.
An honest confession, in the eyes and ears of God, is both honorable and pardonable.
No matter how many "torn pages" compose the book, God, who is rich in mercy and grace, will keep the binding of the book fully together.
The binding of the book is the blood of Christ,
And the blood will never cease to lose its cohesive power.
Indeed, so formidable is the agent of blood, that the words embedded on the coffee table will become a part of the story's testimonial and God will choose how He will be glorified through the rest of the "read."
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Take responsibility for the "torn pages" of your life.
Take responsibility for the sticky spots on the coffee table and work to make it clean so that the same thing doesn't happen to the next book.
The story will all turn out because God says so.
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I'm not sure what you might be trying to hide and what sticky spot you've found yourself in  but I know that God will be faithful to you "in" it as you are truthful to Him in it.
You've got His word on it ...
And His truth in your pages can never be torn out.
God be praised.
"Behold, Thou desirest truth in the inward parts; and in the hidden part Thou shalt make me to know wisdom. Purge me with hyssop and I shall be clean; wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow."
Psalm 51:6-7