My inbox contains several emails from readers right now; I’ve not replied to them yet. To be honest, the heartaches of the world weight heavy on my heart at times. And I am broken.
Oh, I’m a broken girl anyways…repaired by God’s love through his grace and mercy.
But this brokenness? It’s different. It’s not for me or the things I’ve suffered. It’s not because of my personal circumstances or issues.
No, it’s being broken for the broken.
My heart breaks for you.
You, the one whose husband has decided he is no longer happy.
You, the one who dreams that Satan is trying to pull him away from the faith.
You, the one who is asking for prayer because you need a new job in order to provide for yourself and your family.
You, the one who is frustrated because you feel like you just can’t understand the Bible.
You, the one who is asking for prayer because of your college financial situation.
You, the one who struggles with guilt and shame and seeks understanding of how forgiveness really works.
I sit down to write to you individually and a pithy paragraph in an email doesn’t seem enough. Mere words on a screen? How can they help the desperate tone of your words to me?
When the righteous cry for help, the Lord hears….
God hears you. He leans towards you with listening ear and delights in your words to him.
and delivers them out of all their troubles.
Your delivery is coming. You may not be able to catch a glimpse of it now, but all his promises are true and he keeps every.single.one. You will be delivered; you can count on it.
The Lord is near to the brokenhearted
He is near to you, O broken one. He longs to be close to you and fill your heart with the knowledge of his presence. He loves you so very much.
and saves the crushed in spirit.
You say to me “I have nothing left.” I have been there. And the beauty is that God does the most perfect work when he begins with just that- nothing.
From dark, he spoke light into existence.
From dust, he created men.
From fragile shells of human souls, he reshapes spiritual fragments into exquisite masterpieces.
This is what he wants to do for you.
I’ll reply to you soon. But the best thing you can do?
Draw near to the one who is near to you.