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.

5 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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