A Song for the Broken

“Truth is harder than a lie
The dark seems safer than the light
And everyone has a heart that loves to hide
I’m a mess and so are you
We’ve built walls nobody can get through”

So I hope everyone had a great summer. I know it’s been awhile, I’m trying to get back in the swing of things. Schools in session, footballs in season, pumpkins are almost in fashion, and of course life is always happening.

Some of you may recognize my opening lines as lyrics from a song. A song which speaks volumes to me personally and to our world in general. Most of us don’t really like to lay ourselves bare. In fact we don’t like to let anyone realize that we have weaknesses at all. Not realizing that it’s our vulnerabilities that connect us. You see it’s through our vulnerabilities, our weaknesses and our shortcomings that His strength comes in and makes us whole. When we build up those walls that no one can get through, we create a fortress around ourselves and we shut ourselves off from relationships that we need. If you’ve been around me lately something that I’ve been talking about is relationships, we were made for relationships.

We were created for relationships. By the way in case you haven’t noticed that’s a really big buzzword these days. We are not meant to spend our life alone. We’re not meant to journey this life or walk this walk by ourselves we’re not meant to carry these burdens, or complete these tasks by ourselves.

A mistake that’s often made is when someone makes a mistake they get ostracized. What we forget is that we make mistakes ourselves and we don’t like to be an outcast. We don’t like to be the odd man out. Nobody likes to be left outside the bomb fire circle. Nobody likes to be the one who doesn’t get picked for the game. A lot of times this happens because someone made a mistake and then no one wants anything to do with them because they themselves have forgotten that they made that mistake not too long ago. Beings as their mistake wasn’t the most recent though it’s been forgotten and isn’t the most recent news, or the “Hot Topic” so it’s been forgotten about, dust under the rug.

I think one of the things I love most about the song, it says “bring your brokenness and I’ll bring mine.” We all have brokenness, we all have issues, we all have problems, everyone has their own demons that they’re dealing with, we’ve all got our own drama, it’s not just a centralized thing, it’s not just in one location. It’s everywhere it’s in everyone’s lives and we all deal with it.small_1a2090f9fd360b58fb4f10ad

What we forget though is when we see someone’s life going so great, we don’t see all the details, we don’t see everything going on. We may see them once or twice a week and what we see is that their life is going great and they’ve got everything together and all their ducks in the same pond and even in a row, what could possibly be going wrong. When the truth of the matter is that they’ve got so much going on, so many things that they’re dealing with, they’ve just put on a happy face because they’ve got to be strong for someone else in their life. They’re a Sunday school teacher, they’re a life group teacher, they’re an Awana teacher, and they’ve got students who are depending on them to come in and teach the Word of God, not bring in their baggage from the week and drop it on these kids.

So we want to pick and pull apart people around us and judge them for the things they do and say, have we genuinely walked up to them and ask them how are you doing, is there anything I can help you with, do you need to talk can I pray for you? In Sunday school this week something was brought to our attention. Everything we do, we do in love, because He loves us. We don’t have the right to not love anyone else. We know what we come from, we know what we’ve been saved from. Why would we subject anyone else to that drudgery, to the degradation of that past attitude. Yet on a weekly basis we continue as we always have. A biased opinion on what we think is and is not happening around us instead of actually investigating for ourselves and talking to people face-to-face. Which goes back to relationships, which require face-to-face interaction.

“For-where-two-or-three-are-gathered-together-in-My-name-I-am-there-in-the-midst-of-them.”-Matthew-18-20

This truly is a really great song and if you have time I encourage you to listen to it and think about someone you may have hurt with your actions. Someone you may have to take by the hand and walk to the altar with and pray with. Someone you may need to ask forgiveness of. Or a friend who’s just hurting and needs comfort.

The rest of the song,

“Yeah, it may be hard, but the best thing we could ever do, ever do

Bring your brokenness, and I’ll bring mine
‘Cause love can heal what hurt divides
And mercy’s waiting on the other side
If we’re honest
If we’re honest

Don’t pretend to be something that you’re not
Living life afraid of getting caught
There is freedom found when we lay our secrets down at the cross, at the cross

So bring your brokenness, and I’ll bring mine
‘Cause love can heal what hurt divides
And mercy’s waiting on the other side
If we’re honest
If we’re hones

It would change our lives
It would set us free
It’s what we need to be

So bring your brokenness, and I’ll bring mine
‘Cause love can heal what hurt divides
And mercy’s waiting on the other side
If we’re honest
If we’re honest
If we’re honest”

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