Are we driven to search for "instant" friends for immediate gratification to mask the pain? Do we drown ourselves in drink or smoke, searching for peace in our endless quest to discover the bottom of the bag or bottle?
Or do we ultimately withdraw into our selves and sink into solitary depression? Sadly, through my walk in humility and counseling countless others, I have discovered what many have long since feared, subtle rejection from our families, our "friends" and a few of our "main street" church families because of my and or, our brokenness.
We are superficially embraced, but at a distance. Those of us desperate for a comforting hug, along with a warm smile and a still warmer heart; are instead offered a shoulder; a cold one to be exact. We're broken here, we know it. Has something ever affected you so much, that you longed to spare others the landmine laced road you have traveled?
Opportunity awaits. Through Christ, could we not reach out to others who are broken and establish small, local fellowships that specialize in restoration, redemption and super glue? Restoring those of us who are broken through fellowship and rendering intentional acts of kindness, love, forgiveness and universal acceptance to others. Super glue, now this will be the tricky one. It will require the whole of us, as a body of believers, to reassemble the pieces of once vibrant and promising lives.
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Wholeness, if you will, yet with specific evidence of past brokenness. Battle scars, worn not as badges of honor, but humble reminders of the damage we endured and or inflicted. And with wholeness, must come the Omni-present healing power of hope.
Hope inspires, it rallies, it is never defeated and it is always within grasp of God. Beyond this magnificent virtue of hope, we must exercise faith. Pamela Reeve defines faith as follows: "Faith is realizing that I am useful to God, not in spite of my scars, but because of them. My pastor, teacher, friend shared with me this thought some 30 plus years ago. God can and will heal our brokenness. But it begins with us. I learned a long time ago when we are in the direst of straits, we are to give whatever we need the most of.
Hold that thought.
Digest it. Give whatever we need the most of, be it forgiveness, love, money or restoration. Broken If you're one of the broken, I'd like to hear from you. Would joining others who are broken in small fellowships, aid in healing your brokenness?
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Then we invite Christ in. We ask Jesus to come into the emotion, the memory, this broken place within us. We give him permission; we give him access. We open the door to this particular place in our hearts. Truth be told, there are probably many broken places within us. Ask Jesus to bring his light there.
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Ask him to make it clear to you. What is this all about? Shine your light in my heart. Jesus, I invite you into this broken place within me this wound, this memory. I give you total access to my heart. Come, Lord, shine your light here. Reveal to me all that is going on here. What is this about, Jesus? Come and show me, meet me here, in this place. Sometimes he will take us back to a memory, a time and place where a shattering blow was given. Other times he will make us aware of a young place in our hearts.
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Just the other evening, Stasi and I were in the living room together, reading. It had been a good several weeks with many blessings. But as she prayed about it, tuned in to her heart, she became aware of a place in her heart that felt as if it was weeping. We asked Jesus to come in and lead us in prayer for this brokenness. Sometimes he will ask a question: "Why are you frightened? Jesus, come and lead me in healing this brokenness in my heart.
Speak to me here, Lord. What are you saying to me? Give me ears to hear and eyes to see what you are revealing. Let no other voice speak but you, my Lord Jesus, and you alone. Now, I think it is safe to say that we all have mishandled these places in our hearts. We push them down, as I did. Or we turn to something or someone we hope will bring comfort, like food or sex.
If we have done that, Jesus will often make that clear to us as we pray. As he does, we confess our sins, renounce them often a great act of the will , and ask him to cleanse our hearts 1 John