Hurting Hearts at Christmas

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While Christmas is a wonderful time of year for many, hurting hearts at Christmas deepen with difficulty. Friends and family have suffered loss and grieve for loved ones. Memories from easier times or better yesterdays dance vividly in imaginations around the holidays.

The most High God chases after us, pursuing our hurting hearts to heal. I have to remind myself of that occasionally. Oh the depth of His love.

He loves us so much that He came down from Heaven to provide the sacrifice that would deliver forgiveness. And He never stops loving us, even when our hearts ache and we’re most tempted to turn away from Him…or at best, ignore His love.

Two years ago, my first ebook, 12 Days of Christmas for the Hurting, released just about this time of year. This 12 day devotional is a reminder of the gifts from our One True Love, the God of heaven who desperately desires a personal relationship with His children.

For 48 hours only, 12/9 &12/10, the ebook is just $.99 on Amazon. I would love it if you’d take a moment to download it and take the next 12 days to unwrap the gifts God has graciously given to us.

Download here at Amazon.

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And would you share it with someone who has a hurting heart? 

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope. Rom. 15:13

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Because We’re All Broken

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While I hadn’t seen her face for several years, my heart dropped when I met the eyes of my old friend.

She’d been hurt.

Her eyes reflected the sorrow. While I knew she was glad to see me, a part of my heart ached as I felt the aftershock of her waves of despair. Because we’re all broken.

Brokenness permeates human hearts.

Later in the day, I encountered one whose brokenness of spirit brushed against mine as we passed in the grocery store aisle. Though we’d never met before, her creased face held a trained blank stare. Her loneliness was masked with a slight rehearsed smile. And I prayed for her, not by name, not with one iota of comprehending her needs. I simply prayed because my spirit was moved to do so. Because we’re all broken.

When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Matt. 9:36

Brokenness permeates human hearts.

Broken spirits infiltrate the world.

That was she- harassed and helpless. She needs the Good Shepherd. He’s calling to her in her broken and confused state, but she doesn’t recognize His voice.

She awaits an introduction.

So does my friend with the hurting heart. Oh, her situation is a little different. She knows and recognizes His voice. But she needed a reminder- something tangible to help her comprehend her spiritual state…of brokenness.

Brokenness permeates human hearts.

Broken spirits infiltrate the world.

The broken world necessitates a Savior, a Healer, the Redeemer.

The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the foremost. I Tim. 1:15

He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds. Psalm 147:3

For I know that my Redeemer lives, and at the last he will stand upon the earth. Job 19:25

We lean towards making the effort to heal ourselves. We try every bandaid in every color and trick ourselves into thinking that the superhero character on the exterior of the bandage will magically appear in real life. That all will be better and the brokenness will be healed.

Brokenness permeates human hearts.

Broken spirits infiltrate the world.

The broken world necessitates a Savior, a Healer, the Redeemer- Jesus.

The Savior, Healer and Redeemer rejuvenates the broken. 

Jesus not only heals broken hearts-

He transforms broken hearts into His hands and feet.

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Has someone reached out to you in a broken state? Or you to someone else? I’d love to read about it today.

Because we’re all broken.

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A Whisper of Hope

My heart is wrecked for the precious people whose lives have been forever altered in the saddest of manners. The Connecticut school tragedy caused a rampage of emotion for me, as for every parent in the nation. For those directly affected by this horrific tragedy, I can’t begin to comprehend your loss.

Saturday morning I walked through Sam’s Club very early and with an empty store and empty cart, I thought of the emptiness of all the hurting hearts during this holiday season. The Lord whispered to my heart:

Take whatever you have and give it away.

So while it seems very meager in the largeness of this moment, my ebook, 12 Days of Christmas for the hurting, is now available as a FREE download. I encourage you to read one devotional a day and may the Lord be with you during this extremely difficult holiday season.

Click here for the FREE Amazon Download of 12 Days of Christmas for the hurting.