The table was much more weathered than I anticipated. For weeks I had been thinking about the coffee table my daddy had made decades earlier. My uncle Alvin had told me about it after a funeral I attended in Hobart. He initiated our conversation by telling me that he had something he wanted me to have. He went on to explain that he had a table in his barn that daddy had built out of walnut and pecan wood.
I remembered the table. At one time it sat in front of the couch in my parent’s home. For some reason, Daddy had built another table out of all walnut and replaced the first table. I was excited that I was going to get the table my dad had made. Weeks passed before we finally made arrangements to pick it up on Christmas. In my mind I envisioned the table as it had been when it occupied my parent’s living room.
My heart sank when I saw the weathered table that Alvin had removed from the barn and sat near the circle drive. He had wiped away some of the dirt and grime that had accumulated through the years. Still, it was so different than I remembered. Alvin encouraged with a few refurbishing tips. Momma said I might as well throw it away.
I went with Alvin’s advice. I spent a few hours sanding. I used sandpaper and elbow grease at first, before I borrowed an electric sander that made the job much quicker. The grayed wood became more distinctively brown and blonde. When I had things smoothed to my satisfaction, I applied a few coats of polyurethane. The table returned to its former glory! I had forgotten just what a craftsman my daddy was. Everything remained intact and shiny.
There are two ways of viewing people who have become weathered and dirty. Some will feel like there is no way they can be salvaged. Others, who know the power of God, will know that as long as there is life, there is hope. Lives that seem broken beyond repair can be formed into new creations by the grace of God, through faith in Christ. We can’t change people, but God can and does. Never give up on anyone!
II Corinthians 5:17, Earl
- This Sundays Sermon “Overcoming Evil With Good” Romans 12:17-21
- Family Worship and LifeGroups, Sundays at 9:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.
- Membership Matters Class this Sunday, January 31 at 10:30 a.m. in the Choir Room
- GriefShare this Sunday, January 31 at 4:30 p.m. in the Parlor
- TeamKIDS – Wednesdays from 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. for Bed Babies – 6th grade
- The Gathering – Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary; live streamed on Facebook at 6:30 p.m., also available on the website at: http://www.fbcweatherford.com by noon on Thursday
- Services are being posted on the church website, the church YouTube channel at FBC Weatherford Media, and on the church Facebook page at 9:00 a.m. each Sunday.