We all are a little broken, and that’s all right. The message of a dying Messiah on a cross communicates suffering and brokenness are an intrinsic component of life. In the ache of our broken hearts and the company of unrelenting grief, we may also experience that life is full of expectation and joy.
There is a profound truth when our hearts are broken open we may fill the brokenness with love, compassion, and hope and not fill it with self-pity and bitterness. In our brokenness and pain, we have a choice to either embrace life or become victims forever. In trying to answer the question about whether there is a loving God that appears to allow untold suffering, we may discover a hope within us to live without regret.
So, I choose to believe that on a wooden cross of shame a grace-filled servant King died identifying with our suffering and pain to lead us into communion with Him. I trust the love of God conquers all my pain, suffering, and eventual death. I wager my life on the gamble love wins!
Even when it is dark, the sun still shines.
Even when I am alone, there is love waiting in the stillness.
Even when I am suffering, there is hope.
Even when I die, there is the promise of everlasting life, and as Job proclaims in the Old Testament, even though He slays me, I know my Redeemer lives.
Our brokenness makes us bitter or grateful. I accept I am a broken person who lives with other broken people and that brokenness creates either more pain or provides an opportunity to grow and experience life with profound gratitude. I choose the latter!
Isaiah 61:1 The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me because the Lord has anointed me To bring good news to the afflicted; He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to captives And freedom to prisoners;