Redemption, salvation and Holy Week…
Recently at my workplace, a meet & greet happened with some program hosts. This kind of event happens from time to time when one works in media/television. Rarely will I go and wait in a line to meet people, unless I am a fan of their work. In this most recent case, I did, because I am.
I am pictured above with Mike Whiteside and Robert Kulp, owners and proprietors of Black Dog Salvage in Roanoke, Virginia, and hosts of the DIY Network television show, “Salvage Dawgs”. Their business and the program revolve around their occupation (and sometimes adventures!) rescuing architectural elements, windows, lighting fixtures and other features from buildings that are about to be torn down. These salvaged items are either sold as-is, or repurposed into new home decor or garden pieces. These fellows and their team do great work, “Saving pieces of history, one salvage job at a time”.
When it was my turn to meet them I expressed my appreciation for the work that they do, and they told me that their business and their philosophy is all about salvation and redemption. I looked up at them both, smiled and said “Who among us DOESN’T need salvation and redemption?!” And they smiled and agreed with me.
During spring and especially Holy Week, my thoughts naturally turn to those very themes…salvation, redemption. When we trust God with the mess and brokenness we often make out of our lives, He saves and redeems us, polishing and fashioning us into repurposed creations. He makes all things new. Never is this truth more evident than at Easter, the celebration of the moment in history when the world turned upside down, when death died and love LIVED.
I give thanks for reminders of salvation and redemption from all kinds of places…from nature, literature, art, music, and even do-it-yourself television programs.