"He is before all things, and in him all things hold together" (Col. 1:17).Walking down the dusty, cracked, litter-ridden streets of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, fragmentation and brokenness can be seen everywhere. On the back streets, one can see thrown away bottles and containers, items broken beyond repair, and used and discarded tubes of Super Glue. Disheveled and impoverished people sell their wares on the streets. Tattered makeshift stands display everything from food to batteries, cheap phones, radios, Haitian rum, phone cards and cigarettes. Hardware stands sell random cords, light bulbs, tools and Super Glue—lots and lots of Super Glue.
When walking past the vendors, one can observe some vendors selling nothing but Super Glue. Why all the Super Glue? Well, this is a great question. In this poverty-stricken place of brokenness and disrepair, people cannot afford new things. However, they can afford the 12 cents for a tube of Super Glue to repair the old things. The market is great for Super Glue in Haiti. The needs are abundant, and the shattered environment is always in decline. Brokenness abounds; fixing and repairing is required daily.
Super Glue is a quick and temporary fix. Super Glue brags about being useful for all types of repairs on all types of materials. Super Glue mends rubber, metal, glass, plastics, ceramics and wood—very useful in a fractured world. While Super Glue brags about being "extra strong" on its packaging, after something is broken, it is never quite the same again. Though a compromised repair is often much better than doing without, the item is weakened and the integrity of the item is damaged. It is no longer as it should be. It is no longer new. It is no longer whole. It has been broken. It is fragmented.
The abundance of Super Glue is evidence of the brokenness and total restoration is necessary. All things need to be made new again; we intuitively understand the brokenness and fragmentation which create the demand for Super Glue need to come to an end.
We long for restoration in the midst of brokenness. We long for reconciliation in the presence of splintered lives and shattered dreams and realities. We long for all to be brought together and to be made new. We long for wholeness. We want all to be as it should be. We want everything to be in its right place. We long for more than Super Glue fixes.
In Colossians 1:17, Paul said Jesus is before all things and that it is in Jesus that all things hold together. Paul continued the good news in Colossians 1:19-22
, "For it pleased the Father that in Him all the fullness should dwell, and by Him to reconcile all things to Himself, by Him, whether things on earth or things in heaven, having made peace through the blood of His cross. And you, who once were alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now He has reconciled in the body of His flesh through death, to present you holy, and blameless, and above reproach in His sight."