Broken hearts come together when words are spoken with humility and love. Mercy and grace fill in the spaces and restore the pieces to each other. But before those pieces are brought together for healing, often it is required to catalog them, to confirm that all the parts are present.

This is one of the hardest parts of reconciliation. The acknowledgment of what is broken, what will never truly be whole again, it must be recognized. All of the parts are reviewed and matched to the places they were originally connected. As each piece is held it can trigger thoughts of sorrow and memories of when the heart was whole.

As Christmas comes closer, we tend to imagine the small babe in a manger, sweet, small, and helpless. It is easy to forget that Jesus came to restore our brokenness, to bring healing to our sickness, and to reconcile us to God Himself. Jesus allowed Himself to be broken for us, to redeem us.

But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed (Isaiah 53:5). 

Without Jesus we would still be shattered pieces on the floor, unable to be reconciled to God, unable to find the completion, the restoration, that only come from God. We can try to “glue ourselves back together” but God is the one who has the eternal glue for our ever-living-never-dying-souls.

Best Beloved, do you have someone in  your life with whom you need to reconcile? Is it a friend, a family member? Is it God? Don’t let this season pass without making a phone call, driving to someone’s house, sending a letter. Talking with God to bring the healing you both need. When God is allowed to restore the broken, something beautiful is created. Something that shines and shows His touch, His hand, His divine power to bring together something- someone, who cannot do it on his or her own.

There is a technique called “Kintsukuroi” which means to repair with gold. This technique of repair is much like what God will do with us when we let go of our broken pieces and allow Him to move within our lives. Will you allow Him to move within your relationships to bring this kind of healing to your heart today?

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About gretchenr17

Wife, mother, daughter, sister, friend. Writer, farmer, fellow sojourner... at every turn I learn a bit more about God's wild mercies.
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