You and I are broken people—disappointed, rejected, lonely, grieving. It is nothing to be ashamed of. Everyone we meet is broken.

But we are ashamed. We work relentlessly to hide away our brokenness, to present to the world an image that life has not marred us. We then try to drown out our pain with the endless distractions of work, busyness, material possessions, romance…

Hiding our brokenness only makes the wound fester and grow. By ignoring our brokenness we become even more isolated in our misery. The only way to heal that abyss of pain is to face it head on and surrender it to Christ.

I know it takes great courage to address this darkness. You fear it will destroy you. But there is no safer place.

“The LORD is close to the brokenhearted

and saves those who are crushed in spirit.”

Psalm 34:18

In the light of Christ’s love, you will begin to see that your brokenness is a testament of your desire to love and to be loved. It is a part of your story, your uniqueness. Your brokenness tells the world where you have been, what you have experienced, what you have survived, and who you are.

As Christ enters into the broken places of your heart and begins to heal the pain that is there, you will find that instead of deeper isolation, your brokenness is the very thing that will connect you with the world. Your brokenness will be a stage for the miraculous power of God.

Author: Rebekah Durham

Rebekah Durham lives in Atlanta, Georgia with her three children.  She is a graduate of Columbia Theological Seminary and has written for numerous publications. She is an avid reader and in particular an admirer of C.S. Lewis, Thomas Merton, G.K. Chesterton, Henri Nouwen, and Dorothy L. Sayers (in no certain order). She'd also blindly follow Miss Marple (Agatha Christie's famous spinster sleuth) anywhere she wanted to go.

8 thoughts on “Brokenness”

  1. Jesus is near the brokenhearted.. The sad reality is many do not believe, or do not want to hear how He can bind up their wounds.. I can not imagine how difficult life is for those who do not know the Comforter.

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  2. Reblogged this on forty-one ten and commented:

    Over the weekend we had a plumbing event-catastrophe would be a better way to describe it. I’ve almost caught up with the laundry and the carpets are now clean, but my shoulders are still sore from plunging the downstairs toilet for an hour and a half. To be honest, I’m not sure plunging the toilet that long did anything other than give me something to do in the height of crisis, but there is value in that. The best news is, by Saturday evening the water stopped leaking through the walls into the garage, and we were all reminded of an important life lesson: If you’re gonna laugh about it later, you might as well laugh about it now.

    This is all to say that things have been a little hectic around here, and I’m still working on the follow up to last Thursday’s Preacher’s Kid post. It’s coming. I promise.

    In the meantime, I thought I’d repost something from the early days of the blog (a-hem, December) for those of you who have just recently started reading along.

    I hope you find it encouraging.


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