Duct tape was invented in 1899. Originally called “duck tape” because it was made of cotton duck cloth, a derivative of linen cloth, and coated with an adhesive, duct tape is used in many ways today because it’s strong, it’s durable, and it’s waterproof.
I’ve used duct tape to repair the binding on book covers, temporarily seal a puncture in a bicycle tire, stop water leaking from a pipe under a kitchen sink, shield wiring on an electrical cable, and prevent a cracked glass window from shattering. Duct tape holds things together.
Colossians 1:16-17 say, “For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.”
All of creation finds its purpose in Jesus. Nothing exists independently of Jesus’ supremacy, authority, and power. He is the eternal Lord who holds everything together.
We need Jesus’ healing, sovereign, empowering grace and presence. On Saturday, September 30, our nation remembers the pain and tragedy of forgotten children and hurt survivors from the Residential Schools. We lament the brokenness, suffering, grief, and pain of this terrible part of our nation’s history. And we lament that churches were complicit in this pain.
Orange is the colour that symbolizes Saturday’s National Day of Truth and Reconciliation. In my hand I have a reel of orange duct tape. But the duct tape reminds me that only Jesus can heal and hold us together. Only Jesus is the adhesive that brings true reconciliation and hope.
This Saturday, consider wearing something orange. But also, ask yourself how you can be a symbol of Christ’s reconciliation and hope where you are. Maybe there’s a relationship that needs you to be the peacemaker in Jesus’ name. Maybe there’s a situation at work where you can speak words of truth and grace in Jesus’ name. Maybe there’s a friend who needs to know you are praying for them in Jesus’ name. Maybe there’s an opportunity the Lord will give you to offer welcome, hospitality, encouragement, comfort, and love in Jesus’ name. We can be like duct tape, in the name of Jesus.
As Paul writes in 2 Corinthians 5:18, we have been given the ministry of reconciliation.
視頻大意翻譯(video Chinese translation):
歌羅西書1:16-17 說” 因為萬有都是靠他造的、無論是天上的、地上的、能看見的、不能看見的、或是有位的、主治的、執政的、掌權的、一概都是藉着他造的、又是為他造的．他在萬有之先．萬有也靠他而立。”
Grace and peace