Thursday, January 22, 2015

The Brokenhearted

Dr. Ergun Caner resigned from Brewton-Parker College this week.  He was the school's sixteenth president.  The main reason he stepped down is that he and his family are grieving and hurting over last year's suicide of his 15-year-old son.  When speaking to the trustee board, Caner said, "I can't get over his death.  My family and my heart need healing." 

That, my friends, is a hurting man.  His heart is broken.  And he is struggling.

Maybe some of you know what it means to be brokenhearted.  Something has gone wrong in your life.  It could be the death of a loved one, divorce, unemployment, betrayal, cancer, neglect, abuse, depression, addiction, or some other trauma.  And you know exactly what Dr. Caner is saying.  Your heart needs healing.

Psalm 147:3 says this about God:  "He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds."  Here we read that there indeed is One who can take our broken, hurting lives, and fix them.  When we need healing, He calms our minds and soothes our hearts.  God can bind our spiritual and emotional wounds and repair what is broken.  In doing this, He makes our aching lives better.

May you and I both look to God, the Heavenly Comforter, when our hearts need healing.  When we take this step, we will be dealing with One who loves us, understands us, and has all the resources necessary to fix us.  For some, this healing will be immediate.  For others, it will be gradual.  But all of us, sooner or later, will find comfort and rejoice once again.  Our formerly broken hearts will finally be well.

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