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Close to the Brokenhearted

God is with you through the pain and suffering

All of us have experienced heartache and have at some point suffered pain from a loss of someone or something. In that dark place where we grapple with deeply felt emotions of grief, sadness, anger and fear, life can feel overwhelming and the weight of our pain almost too much to bear. But in our darkest, most painful moments where we feel all alone, as if no one can understand our hurt or heal our brokenness, that is where we encounter the Lord.

“When the righteous cry for help, the Lord hears

And delivers them out of all their troubles.

The Lord is near to the brokenhearted

And saves the crushed in spirit.”

Psalm 34: 17-18

Our God is not unfamiliar with pain and suffering—Jesus knows what it feels like to be mistreated, betrayed and abandoned by those He was closest to. In the Garden of Gethsemane where He was preparing to suffer an agonizing death for us, His disciples fell asleep praying for Him, Judas turned Him over to the chief priests for a mere 30 silver coins and Peter fled and denied Jesus three times. Jesus who knew no sin and did no wrong was let down by others. When He was all alone, He turned to the only One who could comfort Him—God the Father. It was only with the Father’s help that Jesus found the strength that He needed to endure the cross.

The same can be said for us. When our heart is broken, our spirit is crushed and we feel all alone with nothing left in us to give, we should turn to the Lord to receive healing. Like the good father that He is, He hears the cries of His children, he bottles up our tears and draws ever closer to us, comforting us with the peace of His presence. He knows the deepness of our pain, He stays with us through our recovery process and He replaces our burden with the strength and courage to keep moving forward.

Are you feeling crushed and brokenhearted today? Remember that you are not alone, unheard or unloved. Even when others may abandon you or reject you, Jesus does not—He loves you profoundly more than you could ever know and He will never let you down. In the emotionally overwhelming moments, cry out to Him, ask Him for His help and trust that He will see you through your circumstance. He is the only One who can truly liberate you from your torment and refill you with the gift of His peace, which is the starting point for healing and freedom.


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