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



  1. I agree with you Tamara. Some situations do make us stronger but there are other situations that just change us so much. It sometimes changes a part of us that we'll never get back.
    There is always comfort to be found in Psalms.
    Love Di ♥

  2. Hi Tamara. We had a young couple in our church service on Wednesday evening who are going to South Asia as missionaries, and I thought of you. I don't know why, but I did. I know that you know that I have always wanted to get involved in missions....and won't let my age stop me. Our pastor (and these young missionaries) told us that even if we couldn't/didn't go physically, our prayers for them are coveted. I can do that, but you know that I want to do more.
    Life's road is paved with not only the sweetest and most endearing moments, but it is also paved with heartaches and pain. I am thankful that God heals the brokenhearted. Thank you so much for sharing your blog with us.
    Love to you my friend,

  3. I agree whole-heartedly with this post. There are very real physical and emotional scars left in many situations. And you lose pieces of yourself along the way sometimes.

    I remember when my sister-in-law was going through a particularly difficult time and someone said to her, "God never gives us more than we can handle." And her response was, "You mean if I was a weaker person I'd have an easier life? Then I wish I was a weaker person!"

    I think many times in our lives we are thrown into situations that are far beyond our capacity to handle, and it is only the Grace of God that sees us through.

    Love and Prayers,


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