He Heals

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At this particular time in my life, I am aware of some great needs in the lives of people that I know.

I know someone who is physically ill.

I know someone who is grieving over the recent loss of a loved one.

I know someone who is discouraged about their job…

There are too many needs to list.

How does God know all these needs?

How could He understand each one?

I cannot comprehend God’s ways, yet I believe He is holding the universe together and at the same time, He knows everything about you and me.

Not only is He aware of us, but He comforts us, heals us and bandages our hurts.

 

 

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He heals the brokenhearted
    and bandages their wounds.

—Psalm 147:3

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The Crushed

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The old house was broken.

Most of its frame was falling in, unable to hold up its own weight.

What once had stood tall was now crushed in, its boards bent over the flooring with only some concrete blocks as a foundation.

It is easy to look upon structures like these and recognize immediately that they are in a state of ruin.

What’s not so easy is to look upon your family, your friends, your neighbors—-even people on a crowded street—and recognize the broken and crushed condition of their hearts.

Many people live in silent pain, hiding their brokenness at all cost.

Ashamed, they try to bear their burdens alone.

There is hope for them, but they don’t know how to find it.

Restoration is possible with God.

Psalm 34:18 reads, “The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.”

Is there someone you know today who needs to hear this truth?

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Brokenhearted

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Sometimes when I’m driving, the songs on the radio just “play” and my mind is on so many things that I don’t really take in the message of the lyrics.

At other times, I am totally focused on the words and I connect with the song.

Today, I was connected when I heard a song titled, “The Broken Beautiful.”

Here are part of the lyrics:

I’m better off when I begin to remember
How You have met me in my deepest pain
So give me glimpses now of how You have covered
All of my heart ache, oh with all Your grace
Remind me now that You can make a way

That Your love will never change,
that there’s healing in your name
That You can take broken things,
and make them beautiful
You took my shame
And You walked out of the grave
So Your love can take broken things
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Contemplating the meaning, I remembered a movie I once watched about Jesus.

In one of the scenes, someone took a glass creation–perhaps a sculpture–and threw it on the floor in anger and pain.

It broke into many pieces.

Later in another scene, Jesus had restored the sculpture, but not in the way you might expect.

It did not look like it did before.

The broken pieces were put together as a collage of broken parts.

Beautiful, but different.

The same sculpture, yet changed.

I also remembered that, recently, something I cared about was broken.

A dear friend had purchased an expensive ceramic pottery piece for me.

Displayed in my living room, our cat somehow knocked it onto the floor, breaking it into several parts.

I haven’t thrown it all away yet.

Perhaps I can glue it together or make it into something else.

When Jesus takes our broken hearts, broken lives and broken hopes and dreams, He restores us.

But what is that restoration like?

If we have suffered loss and pain, we still remember that.

If we have made big mistakes, the consequences may still be evident.

Like the glass sculpture in the movie, Jesus can make something beautiful out of our broken lives.

With forgiveness, acceptance and love, He gently puts us back together in a new way.

With our new form and likeness, we give honor to our Savior who has given us new life.

Are you broken today?

Jesus can take broken things and make them beautiful.

The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.

—Psalm 43:18

*Broken Beautiful by Ellie Holcomb

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