Psalm 51:17: “My sacrifice, O God, is a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart you, God, will not despise.”

Once we had a young pet, our little cat Malinka, who got involved in an accident, which left her with just a few more hours to live. She died in the course of the night before we could see our veterinarian. Malinka had crawled into a corner of our bedroom where she would breathe her last. Animals know when it’s their time to go.

Everybody is familiar with the concept of change, which requires saying goodbye to one thing to make room for another. This is always easier said than done, especially when we are not ready to let go. Goodbyes may hurt, but life is impossible to live without changes. If we cannot leave when it’s time to go then we end up being stuck.

When we are going through the motions because our life has been turned upside down we have to remember that garden soil too is turned upside down – and to what purpose? – We prepare the soil for the new seed. While going through tough times is all a puzzle to us, brokenness is no reason to give up, but to look up.

Among the 66 books of the Bible, the book of Psalms has always stood out to me. Similar to a cry room in a public building, where people take their babies or small children for privacy reasons, that’s how God’s children take their worries and cares into their personal prayer closet. Venting to the Lord is the best therapy when it comes to brokenness and pain. God has always been very close to the brokenhearted. As a matter of fact, He is closest when we are at our lowest. He is right there with us when we need Him most, whether we can feel His presence or not (Psalm 34:18):

“The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.”

Instead of trying to piece it all together on our own, let’s protect our sanity by letting God catch our broken pieces. We are safe in His hands. Let Him heal our wounds, work with us through our pain, and help us in our distress.  Broken in God’s hands, He can mend us so we can rise again and embrace a new tomorrow.

“Broken
Broken world
Broken dreams
Alone in the crowd
Unspoken
Unspoken fears
Unspoken anger
Just acting out
Can’t see the light in the night
Don’t understand the events of the day
But there’s the hand of the living God
Holding me in the midst of it all”               
(Basically Two, Bill & Evelyn Snyder)

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