Friday, February 7, 2014

Our God Is the Healer and Mender of Broken Hearts

“I am the Lord, who heals you”
 (Exodus 15:26).

We are all familiar with the term “broken heart” in reference to romantic relationships.  But our hearts can break over much more than romantic love, and they need to be mended.

The Hebrew word for healer means not only to make whole but also to sew together, mend, or repair.  When our hearts break over lost abilities, dreams, and hopes, or the possibility that our health problems may not end in this life, we can go to God and know He will mend our brokenness. 
God’s healing may or may not include physical healing now, but it will always include mending and repairing the damage to our hearts over our suffering, if we allow Him to.  He abounds in love – a love that is not only based on His strong affection for us but also on the steadfastness, faithfulness, and constancy of His character (Exodus 34:6).

Recently I mourned the physical inability to share in my youngest daughter’s wedding and her move to a new home.  My heart is breaking over major problems that extended family members and friends are experiencing and the fact that I can’t be there to support them. But God comes and mends the tears.  He reminds me that I will have all of eternity to be with those I love and to share wonderful experiences with them. He reminds me that praying for others is just as significant as being there.  He brings fellow believers alongside me to lift me up.  He brings appropriate Scriptures to mind that revive my mind and soul.

We will grieve and mourn in this life.  But whether our hearts are in pieces or only have a few tears, God the Healer can and will repair them.  He is the God whose power is as boundless as His love.

Prayer:  Loving God, I know that there is no tear in my heart over hurt or loss or pain that is too deep for you to mend.  Help me to continually bring my brokenness to you, resting in your abounding love, compassion, mercy, faithfulness, and power to heal.  Amen.

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