DayBreaks for 6/05/20 – Missing a Piece of the Puzzle

Coronavirus puts jigsaw puzzles in high demand

DayBreaks for 6/05/20: Missing a Piece of the Puzzle

From MailOnline, 5/25/10:

“It had cluttered up Jack Harris’s dining table for almost eight years.  Nevertheless, the 86-year-old was determined to finish his five-foot long, 5,000-piece jigsaw.  And when he thought the painstaking process was complete, he stood back to admire his work  –  only to find a dog may have eaten the final piece.

“Mr. Harris has searched his home in Shepton Mallet, Somerset, for the missing piece but his family fears one of their two dogs has swallowed it.  They have even asked the puzzle’s manufacturer if they could provide a spare  –  but Mr. Harris has taken so long to complete the jigsaw that Falcon Games has stopped making it.

“His daughter-in-law Eve Harris, who gave him the jigsaw as a Christmas present in 2002, said she thought it would be a challenge for the retired businessman.   Mr. Harris, whose wife Doris died in 2004, is given a new jigsaw every year, and usually finishes them by spring.  But this puzzle was to prove different.

“He said he started the jigsaw  –  which shows the 19th century oil painting The Return Of The Prodigal Son, by James Tissot  –  as usual. But eight years later he was still struggling to finish it.  Mrs. Harris said: ‘We got him this one as a bit of a joke really, because he always boasted he could get them done so quickly, he’s a bit of a whiz with them. It was marvelous to see it finally completed. But when we saw there was a piece missing from the middle, we just couldn’t believe it.  ‘He was just so disappointed when he found one bit was missing. It’s sad really because now it will never be completed.’

“If Mrs. Harris’s dogs are not to blame, the family thinks the piece may have been thrown away by accident.

“Mr. Harris said: ‘I always said I could get the puzzles done by the end of March so I could get out into the garden, but this one took a bit longer.’”

Many of the most famous people in the world think that they’ve got it all figured out and got it all put together, but when they come to their death bed they are confronted with questions that their money, wisdom, knowledge and experience have not been able to answer.  The result: they are often tormented in their soul, uncertain in the face of eternity where their money or experience or knowledge will be of no avail.  The problem is that they’ve spent their life in pursuit of something – only to find when they reach the end that there is a piece missing.  Augustine spoke of it when he said mankind would always be restless until we come to God so He can fill the God-shaped hole in our heart.

Jesus alone can fill that missing piece when our souls launch out into eternity.  “I am the way, the truth and the life.  No one comes to the Father, except through me.”  Jesus is what we need to complete the puzzle that is life.  Don’t wait until the end to find the most important piece is missing!  

PRAYER: Lord, we believe that we can only be complete when You complete us.  As the crowning piece of the puzzle, may Christ be formed in us today!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright by 2020 by Galen C. Dalrymple.  ><}}}”>

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