Have you ever felt completely broken?

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There are times when certain songs can say something that we can’t find the words to say. Danny Gokey has a song called “Tell Your Heart to Beat Again”, he wrote it after he lost his wife.  The following are part of the lyrics:

You’re shattered
Like you’ve never been before
The life you knew
In a thousand pieces on the floor
And words fall short in times like these
When this world drives you to your knees
You think you’re never gonna get back
To the you that used to be

I have talked to different people that connect deeply with this song, because they too have lost a loved one, a spouse, a child, a parent… then I have talked to people that connected to this song because of the sudden loss of a job or a career and those that have lost their home for whatever reason. I watch the news right now, after major hurricanes, wild fires and earthquakes that are still impacting millions of people, so many that have lost their homes, businesses or worse, they’ve lost family members. Then closer to home for us, we’ve watch two ladies in their early 50’s, strong, vibrant, and full of life! Within the last few months both be diagnosed with cancer and now within the last two months they have both lost their battle with this horrible disease. My friend that lost her battle this week, her last text to me was “God is good. Cancer continues to shrink” with several emoji’s of blowing kisses and praying hands. My text back to her “Praise God!! Continuing to pray, but thankful for awesome news!! Your grace and courage have certainly not gone unnoticed!! Love you, we’ll keep thanking God for future praise reports as well!!” She was one of those friends that told you, she loved you every time you saw her.

The husbands of these two beautiful ladies, are probably connecting with Danny’s song on a different level now. “Words fall short in times like these, when this world drives you to your knees”. Rather you are the one hurting, feeling so broken or if you are the one trying to show love to the person that is currently so broken, I can’t think of a better place to be than on our knees. In my lowest moments over the years, it was after I spent time on my knees… in those moments not thanking God, but being real with Him. Questioning God, begging Him to change my situation, pleading with God to take away the pain.

~ When life gets too hard to stand, kneel! ~

I know different people handle grief and trials in different ways and it takes some longer than others to work through it. If you know someone going through some really tough stuff right now, don’t forget them after a few days or weeks. They are probably going to need your love and prayers and possibly some love with action behind it for an extended period of time.

Another portion of Danny’s song:

Just let that word wash over you
It’s alright now
Love’s healing hands have pulled you through
So get back up, take step one
Leave the darkness, feel the sun
‘Cause your story’s far from over
And your journey’s just begun

When I heard Ruth Graham, Billy Graham’s daughter speak recently, she reminded us “God creates master pieces out of chaos”.

Students artwork

The image here, was done by a 12-year boy in our youth group. We had a night that we brought blank canvases in for our youth to create art pieces to go on the walls in the youth room. He chose the words from some suggestions we had “God Restores the Broken”. I love the image he designed behind these words. As God restores, you can see the beauty in it, even though the pieces don’t line up like they used to.

In a conference a few years ago, I saw Joyce Meyer’s give an illustration with two large clay pots. One was in perfect condition and the other was all cracked and had some chips out of it. They both had lights on inside them.  Interesting, the perfect pot, you really couldn’t tell if the light was on or not, but the pot that had clearly been broken the light shined through all those cracks and chips! See if we can trust God with our deepest hurts and with our hardest trials, the truth is things may never be the way they were before… some day they may actually be better and if you’re able to let God’s light shine through your brokenness you are going to help so many other people as your story continues to be written!

In Loving memory of Stephanie Theobald and Cathy Rispoli!

 

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