The Lord has stirred up Peter's imagination once more. This project is the equivalent of a giant jigsaw puzzle. You are invited to be a part of it. You are invited to be a part of a collage of buttons. We all have those internal buttons that not everyone can or is allowed to see. Some of them may not be all that pretty. They only become visible or audible when someone or some circumstance happens to touch them. The response may be an "ouch" or a hurray moment.
Many of us already know the name of our internal buttons, but not all who live or work around us do, especially if we are still in the honeymoon phase of a relationship. The buttons we are talking about may be linked to a cauldron of opportunistic ugly or happy emotions waiting to erupt. O yes, we can temporarily placate these emotions and silence them with a cigarette, a drink or drug or some other diversion; but those can be expensive and mostly unwise fixes. Our bratty emotions can tear families, partnerships and churches apart; and they often do. Friendships, families and partnerships can go down the drain very quickly with just one out of turn word or action. Ouch!
If you like what you have read thus far, we invite you to send us a short story about one of your buttons. One story will do, but more than one is welcomed. Remaining anonymous is OK. We will notify you when your story has been added to our web site. The first response minus a button reads as follows:
Buttons come in all shapes and sizes, just like you and me.
Some are bright and beautiful, others plain as they can be.
But each one tells a story of God's hidden love and glory
in something so very ordinary.
Yes, a button may adorn a beautiful garment made of gold,
or close a gap in a coat that is very worn out and old.
So I will not be a defensive covering—not allowing my buttons to be pushed
if I can.
Go ahead and try me and we'll both discover who I really am!
Here is an opportunity for anyone to share insights and solutions that may encourage another person. Every story and every button is the best gift anyone could give to Stretcher Bearers for Christ and its anonymous audience. We will start with an assortment of just a few buttons but will keep adding to the collage from time to time as folks send us more stories and buttons. We reserve the right to print only those stories that are edifying.
It's a Father's love that takes children of all ages behind the woodshed for correction.
Peter & Rebekah Laue
to Add Your Button
NOT IN VAIN
By Emily Dickinson
born 1830, died 1886
If I can stop one heart from breaking,
I shall not live in vain:
If I can ease one life the aching,
Or cool one pain,
Or help one fainting robin
Unto his nest again,
I shall not live in vain.