Sunday, January 15, 2012

Comfort Ye

One of our society’s newest clichés is, “that which doesn’t kill us makes us stronger.”  I don’t believe this. We have only to ask… 
  • the survivor of a concentration camp
  • the parent who has made funeral arrangements for a child
  • the battered and abused child / woman / person
  • the burn victim with horrible disfigurement
  • the veteran who has returned home, yet suffers with post traumatic stress disorder
  • the homeless person
  • the survivor of a natural disaster
  • the stay-at-home mother whose husband has walked out on her and their small children
  • the husband who returns from work to find his wife has walked out on him and their children
  • the person who has suffered atrocities due to conflict and war
  • the family members of an addict 

Life is painful. We may survive. In some cases we may even thrive. But often there is brokenness left in the wake of personal disaster.  Today I  find comfort in the Psalms. 

Psalm 34:18
Common English Bible

18 The LORD is close
to the brokenhearted;
he saves those whose spirits
 are crushed.
Psalm 51:17
Common English Bible 

17 A broken spirit is my sacrifice, God.
You won’t despise a heart, God,
that is broken and crushed.

Psalm 147:3
Common English Bible 

3 God heals the brokenhearted
and bandages their wounds