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Topic: Wow! (03/11/10)
TITLE: Grandma's Button Box
By Lynn Radford
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Back then, it was common to save everything. Grandma’s button box is a fine example. Practically every household had one. Maybe it was an old tin, or a mason jar or a cigar box. It held buttons from old worn-out clothing, buttons found on the street, and leftovers from the past. It was a tribute to all that had come before, waiting to be repurposed.
Always a curious child, I was intrigued by my grandma’s button box. It was a large round tin, black with a colorful floral print and handles like a basket. It rested atop the shelf in the bedroom closet, a bright spot among lots of dull boxes. It called out to me each time I saw it. One day, I gave in to its seduction and climbed up to retrieve it. It was hard to open, but I was rewarded with riches when the lid finally popped free! Wow! I sifted through its contents, my fingers stirring the pot, bringing new gems to the surface with each turn. Oh, the colors! The coolness of their touch was refreshing. Browsing the collection, I realized that like buttons had been linked together for ease of location. Some were one of a kind. There were wooden buttons, bone buttons, glass buttons and plastic ones. The shell buttons gave off a vibrant opalescence. The brass buttons shone brightly at times, while others showed their age and wear. Some were even hand-painted. The one thing they all had in common was their usefulness. Someone, somewhere along the line, had decided that they were worth saving for later.
Many years passed before I finally came to the realization that we are much like those buttons in grandma’s button box. We are a collection of the souls Jesus died to save so many years ago. Our usefulness lies in our service to the Lord. We are individuals in our own right, often found with our own kind, but just as often, we are lost. We are unique in color, size and fiber. Some of us shine brightly while others have a smooth, cool exterior. Some of us are worn and aged. We may be precious, odd, strange, beautiful, hideous, vibrant, rare, plain, unusual, valuable, forgotten or common. In the end, we all share the same purpose. We were saved for something wonderful. Until then, we wait to be called into service. Wow!
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