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 The sacrifice acceptable to God is a broken spirit;
    a broken and contrite heart . . . (Psalm 51:17)


—– BROKEN —–


The words were not ones I wanted to hear. Yet, I needed to receive the confirmation I already knew. Another fracture in my foot. I tried to do the “fix” myself with the wraps. It had happened so many times before. Didn’t I know how to heal myself by now? But no healing had taken place in three weeks’ time.

You can’t keep walking on brokenness. It just doesn’t fully heal. Ever.

So, the physician placed me in a walking boot with the prescription to wear it faithfully for six weeks.


—– BROKEN —–


It happens to us over and over in life. Broken families, broken relationships, broken promises, broken hopes, broken dreams, broken lives, broken souls . . .

We try to find a way to repair, mend, heal, sustain, carry on by ourselves—

But we can’t keep walking on brokenness and expect to heal. Ever.

The Physician waits for us, in our brokenness. He waits with open arms.

28 Come to Me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take My yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For My yoke is easy, and My burden is light.”  (Matthew 11:28-30)

 When we go to Him with a humble heart, aware that we need His help, our healing begins.

“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 5:3)

—– BROKEN —–

Again, and Again

 15 I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate. 16 Now if I do what I do not want, I agree that the law is good. 17 So then it is no longer I that do it, but sin which dwells within me. 18 For I know that nothing good dwells within me, that is, in my flesh. I can will what is right, but I cannot do it. 19 For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I do. 20 Now if I do what I do not want, it is no longer I that do it, but sin which dwells within me. (Romans 7:15-20)

 However many times we find ourselves in the brokenness of being human, of failing in sinful behavior and prideful choices, the Lord is waiting for us to come back to Him again and again, waiting to shape and mold us for His good purpose, so we will be ready to enter into His eternal home.

 Rooms have been prepared for us. Will we be faithful?






(Sharon G. Tate blog 09/01/19) teacherforjesus.com  Meditations on God’s Word


BROKENNESS Made Whole through Christ


The Lord is close to the brokenhearted

 and saves those who are crushed in spirit. (Psalm 34:18)


BROKEN. Shattered pieces surrounding him. The boy looked down in despair. Where would he start? How could he make it whole again? Dropping to his knees to pick up the bigger pieces first, he began the attempt to form the outer shape. It was like a jigsaw puzzle but with uneven, jagged edges. He sloppily glued the pieces together the best he could until, gradually, piece by piece, a vase was somewhat identifiable. It was his great-grandmother’s vase, a family heirloom. How could he present it to his mother, who cherished the vase? The pieces did not fit as they should. The breaks were visible everywhere.

The boy waited in anxious anticipation, fear, and shame for his mother to come home. When he finally heard the key turn in the lock, he carefully lifted the makeshift object, sighed loudly, and brought it to his mother. Head drooped, he held it out to her. The mother looked intently at her son, reached for the poorly glued shape, carefully inspected it, and then walked over to the stand where the vase had always been, placing it on her mother’s beautiful handmade doily. The boy watched this scene with confusion and fear, still expecting some form of punishment from his careless act of playing too rough near the vase.

But the mother saw his contrite heart, held him close, and led him to the vase. She said the vase was more beautiful with the scars. “It is brokenness,” she said, “that unites us all, from great-grandma to grandma, to me, and now to you. The pieces of our lives may shatter around us, but we get on our knees before God who helps us glue the broken edges back together to allow us to continue on in this life through our mistakes. Although the scars still show, we can be whole through the One who had scars in His hands, feet, side, and body. His brokenness allows us all to be whole inside while carrying with us the scars of this life.” Gently touching his shoulder, she left him alone by the vase.

The boy knew his mother was speaking of Jesus. She had taken him to Bible class and worship every Sunday. He wondered if everyone at church was BROKEN with SCARS. He reached out to touch the sides of the vase. It was rough but holding together in a new form, fragile and in need of a better potter than he had been. He walked away, pondering these things in his heart.


The jagged edges and visible breaks in our lives remind us that we can never be the Potter who makes the clay into the vessel of a perfect, seamless creation.

Yet you, Lord, are our Father. We are the clay, You are the potter; we are all the work of Your hand. (Isaiah 64:8)

BROKEN. Scarred. Humble in spirit before the Lord, our Creator and our Redeemer. This is our sacrifice to Him who was broken for us.

 My sacrifice, O God, is a broken spirit;
a broken and contrite heart
You, God, will not despise. (Psalm 51:17)


(Sharon G. Tate blog 06/09/19)  teacherforjesus.com  Meditations on God’s Word