"The Brokenhearted"

August 20, 2023 | By Chuck

  It seems lately I’ve encountered many who are brokenhearted. I’ve spent a portion of the last two Tuesdays at funerals with the brokenhearted. The first was my mom’s funeral with my own broken heart and brokenhearted family and friends. Last Tuesday I sat in a familiar church building in support of my preacher friend and dear brother whose 24-year-old son had passed from this life. I never met my friend’s son, but as I watched the pictures of his life on the screen and heard stories about him, my heart hurt for my friend and his family. I looked around the auditorium only to realize there were so many brokenhearted people. 

            We pray for the brokenhearted. We sit with the brokenhearted and even cry with them. We prepare meals for them. We hug them and send cards and flowers. We may even run errands or do a few household chores for the brokenhearted. All of these gestures are right because they are beautiful acts of love. I want you to know that acts of love help. It helps to know you are thought of, cared about, and loved.

            How brokenhearted people get through the day without the love and support of brothers and sisters in the Lord, I do not know. The brokenhearted need the Church. It’s when our heart feels so unrepairable and broken that we realize just how much we need the Lord. The brokenhearted need the Lord. I find much comfort in knowing that the Lord cares for the brokenhearted. “He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.” (Psalm 147:3)