On a hill outside Florence, in a park overlooking that famous city & the river Po flowing through it, stands the great statue by Michelangelo, David slaying Goliath.
A marvelous figure of beauty & grace & strength, the young shepherd lifts his arm to hurl the stone from his sling. That statue was cut out of a block of marble which another artist had worked upon & then thrown away as useless.
So out of our sins, out of our mistakes, out of our failures, God's love & power, aided by our repentance, is able to reconstruct that which is forever fair & good & true.
Ps 51:17 (ICB): “The sacrifice God wants is a willing spirit. God, you will not reject a heart that is broken and sorry for it's sin.”
“Being in Christ, it is safe to forget the past; it is possible to be sure of the future; it is possible to be diligent in the present.” - Alexander MacLaren.