They have broken my heart by saying evil things about me. It has left me helpless. I looked for pity, but I didn’t find any. I looked for someone to comfort me, but I didn’t find anyone.
Psalms 69:20, NIRV
What hurts worse than a broken heart? The fact that no one cares that your heart is broken.
I’ve been thinking a lot about the broken hearted. When I spoke to my nephew at the Roast last Sunday night, he could hardly talk because his heart is broken. He lost a 16 year old daughter to a tragic automobile accident three months ago. This is going to be a hard Christmas he and his wife. Then I began to think about all the families that would have their first Christmas without a spouse, child, sibling or parent. In a short time, I compiled a rather long list. King David had his heart broke and he looked for sympathy and pity but no one understood, no one cared. The good news is: When no one else cares, Jesus cares, He always cares.
God has a lot to say to the broken hearted:
- Psalms 34:18-The LORD is near to those who have a broken heart, and saves such as have a contrite spirit.
- Psalms 51:17-The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit, a broken and a contrite heart—These, O God, You will not despise.
- Psalms 147:3-The LORD heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.
I especially love Jesus quoting Isaiah 61, “The Spirit of the LORD is upon Me, because He has anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed.”
With these thoughts in mind, I read Mark 5 early yesterday morning. Jesus was on his way to heal Jairus daughter but the girl died before Jesus arrived. Jesus told Jairus, “Do not be afraid, only believe.” Then Jesus told the mourners, “Why are you carrying on this way, she is not dead, she is asleep.” They laughed at Jesus because they knew she was dead but they were wrong and Jesus was right. You are not dead unless Jesus says you are dead. Jesus took her by the hand and spoke to her and up she came. Jairus daughter was dead to them for only a few minutes, perhaps and hour or two whereas you are missing someone who has been gone for years. Jesus had the power to bring the future into the present because is is the resurrection and the life. His word has not changed, “Don’t be afraid, only believe, your love one is not dead.” It may appear so to you but that is not how Jesus sees it. Trust His word not your senses.
Even so, Christmas will be hard for those who are lonely and broken hearted.
- SUNDAY SCHEDULE:
- Deacon’s Meeting @ 8:15
- Breakfast @ 8:45
- LCBS @ 9:15
- Worship @ 10:15
- Baptism @ 11:15
- Luke 14 @ 5:30
- Sunday Message: The Prodigal Son
- The air is cooler this morning…Keep praying for rain.
- Pepsi products that we are boycotting…