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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...


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Jan. 26, 2011 - Healing for Broken Hearts

By Rose McCormick Brandon

People find various ways to cope with brokenness. Addictions, living in a fantasy world, and denial are common coping strategies. Is there anyone who hasn’t used some form of these tactics to numb their emotions? Endless hours watching television, getting lost in books — even these activities can become hiding places that fail to address our real need.

The trauma of brokenness drives us to find ways to turn off our minds. We do this for survival. But those who crave God’s best in their lives will find they can’t keep hiding from hard realities. God wants us to face our brokenness. As the Healer of broken hearts, He knows that confronting brokenness is the first step to healing.

At a fundamental level, sin has broken us. Our own sin, or someone else’s sins against us, have broken us. Isaiah, the prophet, speaking of Jesus centuries before the cross, said of Him:

“But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed” (Isaiah 53:5, NKJV).

Our broken hearts were included in the mountain of sin Jesus carried to the cross. Today He waits with arms open to embrace our pain, touch our wounds, pour healing ointment on them, and set us free from past trauma. Confronting brokenness isn’t easy. Our natural tendency is to bury pain and pretend it’s gone. But there’s no healing in that, no freedom.

Do you want freedom? Bring your broken heart to God. Tell Him why your heart is broken. Ask Him to touch you and heal you. Maybe you’ll cry buckets of tears. Maybe you won’t feel anything at the time. Whatever happens, I guarantee you God will begin the holy work of healing your wounds.

“The Lord is near to those who have a broken heart, and saves such as have a contrite spirit” (Psalm 34:18).

— Rose McCormick Brandon writes personal experience essays, Bible studies, news articles, profiles and devotionals from her home in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada.



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