I talk often about how imperfect life is. Sometimes with all the beautiful photos we put up on our blogs, it’s easy to think that someone’s life is perfect or charmed. And while I’m surrounded by so many blessings, I’m also surrounded by so much brokenness.
I have a friend who’s struggling with depression, another who is facing infertility, a friend who was in a horrible car accident and the marriage of some close friends is crumbling around them. Brokenness is everywhere.
Meanwhile in my own life I’m caring for a ten-year-old who still has to be diapered, fed and given medication three times a day. He is also tons of fun, super silly and the best snuggle bug, but the drain that comes from meeting his needs day in and day out is real. Not to mention all of the other responsibilities that fill up my day.
I look around me and I see all this brokenness—but what’s even harder for me to look at is the brokenness in my own heart. I am self-centered, prone to fatigue, and sometimes discouraged. I think I’m doing just fine, being productive and full of energy, when all of a sudden I feel angry and resentful.
Isn’t this the stuff of life? The comfort of the mundane can drive us to insanity. The joys of being a mother are overshadowed by feelings of failure. And the beauty of a new day is clouded by a long to-do list.
I am broken. I am needy. I can’t fix myself. That’s where I see the incredible beauty of God’s grace. There is hope in that broken and needy place.
The LORD is close to the brokenhearted
and saves those who are crushed in spirit.
~ Psalm 34:18
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Are you feeling broken? Let’s pray for each other today. Leave a comment and let us know where you can use courage or grace, then pray for the person who commented before you.