Tender, young hearts, open and hopeful,
Facing betrayal from the church which formed them.
Scarred, resilient, older hearts,
Once-healed wounds torn open by hatred and prejudice.
I know the pain of a breaking heart.
The shock, the sadness,
The emptiness that has no end.
You are held,
You are loved.
Your wounds are tended
By the One who knew you before you were imagined,
The One who whispers,
“I created you,
And I love you
Just the way you are.”
Henri Nouwen said it this way:
Long before your father, your mother, your brother, your sister, your school, your church touched you, loved you, and wounded you — long before that you were held safe in an eternal embrace.
—Henri J. M. Nouwen Our First Love
Here in this season of Lent, we are so aware of brokenness in our world, in society, in our relationships, in our selves. And that’s the amazing thing about God’s presence in the world. God transforms the brokenness that we all have … even Christ’s brokenness on the cross.
God, the Great Transformer, the Great Healer, weaves us back together so that the place of our wound, the place of our brokenness becomes the place of our greatest strength.