Covid-19 Musing Aloud: I have a right to be repaired

There is much in the news about challenging legislation. Perhaps one change that might have gone under the radar in the past few weeks, is a new law that has been passed that many will be very pleased about. Many of us have noticed that goods don’t last long as long as one might expect, then when they do go wrong, can’t be fixed in our homes. From this summer, manufacturers will be legally obliged to make spare parts for products available to consumers for the first time – a new legal right for repairs.

It struck me that especially during the covid-19 pandemic, humanity, needs a right to be repaired. We can so easily cast off others and ourselves for the mistakes and weaknesses we make and have. If I am broken, put me in the bin and be replaced with new, the most I can expect, is to be recycled. We are of far more worth than a piece of electronics.

Every one of us deserves the right to be repaired, it is the heart of the Gospel. There is always an opportunity to be restored, we are never too old to be reconditioned. That is not to say that some of the ways we get broken, means we need time out of usage. But restoration is a Kingdom value, not to be put in the rubbish bin or deposited at the recycling centre. Sometimes I feel the mistakes I make, I want to drive myself there!

This is a direct reflection of the nature of our God, the originator of our redemptive faith and lifelong journey of being fixed, again. The nature of the lives we live and the stresses of our service, will mean we are invariably going to get worn out and or broken

Our hope in God’s commitment to us, is reflected in the words of Coldplay, “I will fix you”.

When you try your best, but you don’t succeed
When you get what you want but not what you need
When you feel so tired, but you can’t sleep
Stuck in reverse

And the tears come streaming down your face
When you lose something, you can’t replace
When you love someone, but it goes to waste
Could it be worse?

Lights will guide you home
And ignite your bones
And I will try to fix you

And high up above or down below
When you’re too in love to let it go
But if you never try, you’ll never know
Just what you’re worth

Lights will guide you home
And ignite your bones
And I will try to fix you

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