The Struggle….of Brokenness
Posted by justifiedandsinner
Devotional Thought of the Day:
12 I’m not saying that I have this all together, that I have it made. But I am well on my way, reaching out for Christ, who has so wondrously reached out for me. 13 Friends, don’t get me wrong: By no means do I count myself an expert in all of this, but I’ve got my eye on the goal, where God is beckoning us onward—to Jesus. 14 I’m off and running, and I’m not turning back. Philippians 3:12-14 (MSG)
735 The interior struggle doesn’t take us away from our temporal business—it makes us finish it off better!
It is real, I encounter it each day in my own life, and I try to shepherd others through it daily as well.
It sucks. And we aren’t the first generation to deal with it. It goes all the way back to two people who weren’t broken but became broken.
The breaks may be physical, or social, psychological. They may seem to others to be tiny fractures, for others life is simply shattered. Some of our breaks we hide… not easily, and some we try to hide from, distracting ourselves, trying to find ways to numb the pain.
Some of our brokenness may be dealt with, for that is what doctor’s, counselors, and mediators are there to do. Other types of brokenness have to be endured, and that to sucks. To deal with something broken for 40 or 50 or 70 years. Never knowing how bad the brokenness and pain will be the next day. We never know when we will be completely overcome by it.
As a pastor, I know this all too well, in too many areas I’ve tried to endure it. Physical, emotional, social, and outcast. Been there, done that. Have the scars and the memories that still hurt.
I wish I could heal it all, I know sometimes it happens, as God’s mercy overwhelms us and the person’s shattered life is made whole. I don’t understand why this one, and not that. I only know the healing we all have access to, the brokenness that for everyone there is healing, that there is being made whole, as we are made holy.
Spiritual healing. The healing that comes from realizing God’s love. The healing that comes from the cleansing and restoration that forgiveness is. Our heart and soul freed of the burdens of guilt and shame. The healing that comes from encountering the love of Christ, pure, faithful, incredible, without measure.
A love so graphically pictured in the cross, and in our baptism. A love that invites us to share in Christ’s brokenness in communion, that our brokenness we would realize He shares in as well. And in our promised resurrection united with Him, the brokenness fades into the past. Freed of it, spiritually now, but when Christ returns… completely as we dwell with him in Heaven forever.
This is our God, who loves us, who cares… who heals.
Find your rest in Him, and your endurance is guaranteed. This is what Paul tells us about, the struggle to hold onto Christ, realizing He is holding on to us. A struggle that as we are healed spiritually has an incredible impact on our lives, on our work, on the art that comes out of our lives. Remind others of this as well, for that is what it means to be the church. A place where people find healing in Christ while helping others heal. AMEN!
Escriva, Josemaria. The Forge (Kindle Locations 2662-2664). Scepter Publishers. Kindle Edition.
About justifiedandsinnerI am a pastor of a Concordia Lutheran Church in Cerritos, California, where we rejoice in God's saving us from our sin, and the unrighteousness of the world. It is all about His work, the gift of salvation given to all who trust in Jesus Christ, and what He has done that is revealed in Scripture. God deserves all the glory, honor and praise, for He has rescued and redeemed His people.
Posted on January 30, 2018, in Devotions, Poiema, The Forge and tagged brokenness, group dynamics, health, Jesus, joy, life, Mental Health, social life, struggle. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.