Back in the day the Bee Gees sang “How Can You Mend a Broken Heart?” It’s a question we all have to answer at some point in our lives. I’m in the middle of a season of the broken heart right now. I certainly don’t have all the answers and my strength and resolve fluctuates as I go through a grieving process. I’m quite sure that is normal. We can grieve many kinds of losses in life. Sometimes it is not a person who dies, but very often it is dreams that die, and we have to face that reality.
Some things that have helped me tremendously so far on this particular journey are: the support of family, the loving care of friends and community, my church, cards in the mail, having lived fifty-five years and having survived other heartaches, the counsel of wise mentors, prayer (this is a big one), encouragement, practical assistance, kind words, hugs, reading the Bible, and feeling the peace of God which passes all understanding.
It’s a long journey, these seasons of the broken heart. But we have tremendous promises in the Bible to hold on to and know that the storms of life come, and at some point they dissipate. The intensity of pain will not always feel the same as it might feel today for you and for me. Hold on to hope if this is a season of the broken heart for you as well.
Here are some encouraging words from Streams in the Desert by Mrs. Charles E. Cowman:
Poverty, hardship and misfortune have pressed many a life to moral heroism and spiritual greatness. Difficulty challenges energy and perseverance. It calls into activity the strongest qualities of the soul…Many a headwind has been utilized to make port. God has appointed opposition as an incentive to faith and holy activity….If for you He has appointed special trials, be assured that in His heart He has kept for you a special place.
And some comforting words from Christ:
I’ve told you all this so that trusting me, you will be unshakable and assured, deeply at peace. In this godless world you will continue to experience difficulties. But take heart! I’ve conquered the world.” (John 16:33, The Message)