Embedded within the word restoration is a story. It implies that there once was something whole, functional and esteemed; but for whatever reason, it fell into disrepair. Yet, instead of discarding it and starting from scratch, it underwent a process of revitalization. New life was breathed into something already present, returning it to its original splendor.
Restoration is a Minneapolis word. This city loves to restore old buildings, old cars, and pieces of art. These laborers roll up their sleeves at the thought of finding something broken down, working through the process of reawakening its beauty, and giving it renewed purpose.
More importantly, restoration is a biblical word. The Old Testament is full of God’s restorative work in disgraced people, stolen possessions, defeated cities, and deflated souls. In the New Testament, Jesus restores diseased people to full health and those who are ostracized back into society. The whole restoration of the created world rests on his shoulders bound to the cross. And we have been giving the privilege of carrying that message to every corner of the world.
When someone is restored, their wounds are healed and their hearts are aligned to God’s original intent for their lives. Likewise, we believe that Jesus wants to restore our unraveled stories into the wholeness of his Father’s story.