Hope for the Brokenhearted

At some point or another, we all have had our hearts broken. The cause may have been rejection by someone we cared about, unrealized dreams, financial ruin, death of a loved one, sickness or one of ten thousand other realities of life. The Bee Gees performed a song years ago that has become somewhat of a classic. In the chorus of How Can You Mend a Broken Heart? several questions are asked:

And how can you mend a broken heart?

How can you stop the rain from falling down?

How can you stop the sun from shining?

What makes the world go around?

How can you mend this broken man?

How can a loser ever win?

Please help me mend my broken heart and let me live again?

Tonight I am joining many other Woodside volunteers at the Troy campus as we are hosting homeless men, women and children this week. These are wonderful people who have experienced some very difficult times. None of them ever planned on being hungry or homeless. Their stories are real and powerful and moving. Many of them are heartbroken.

Broken hearts seldom heal themselves. While time helps, time does not always bring hope to the hurting, crushed and broken heart. Is there any hope for the Brokenhearted?  Good news-YES!  God heals the Brokenhearted and binds up their wounds (Psalm 147:3). God is near the Brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit (Psalm 34:18). Isaiah prophesied that when Jesus came the Spirit would be upon him to bind up the Brokenhearted (Isaiah 61:1-2). Jesus fulfilled that in his ministry here on earth as he continued to reach out with compassion to bind the hearts of those whose lives had been ripped apart by sin, by people or the misfortunes of life.

If your heart is broken, run to the only One who can give you hope. Jesus still is near to the Brokenhearted and he still binds up wounds. He often does that today through his followers. The Brokenhearted are everywhere. Let’s bind up the wounds in the name of Jesus through our love, our resources, our prayers, our time and our hugs. There is hope for the Brokenhearted and they will live again!