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When the heart is torn, the Lord heals.
In the Word
He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds (Psalm 147:3).
Of the Word
Meg and Alice work in the same office. Meg’s son is in jail. Alice’s daughter died last year. Meg and Alice go to work each day with broken hearts. It’s hard. Grief so profound invades the body, mind, and spirit. Even getting up in the morning is sometimes hard for Meg and Alice.
The psalmist David understood. He, too, suffered grief and loss. He poured out his heart to God, confident that God hears and cares: Evening, morning and noon I cry out in distress, and he hears my voice (Psalm 55:17). Have mercy on me, O God, have mercy on me, for in you my soul takes refuge. I will take refuge in the shadow of your wings until the disaster has passed (Psalm 57:1).
David trusted God to heal his broken heart. His words encourage us, too. Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you (Psalm 55:22a). The Lord is faithful to all his promises and loving toward all he has made. The Lord upholds all those who fall and lifts up all who are bowed down (Psalm 145:13b–14).
Walking with my Lord
I come to You, Lord, with my broken heart. Forgive me, heal me, strengthen me. You alone are my refuge. It is in Your name I pray. Amen.
Mustard Seed: Walking with My Lord. Author: Donna Streufert. 23/30 ©2007 Lutheran Women’s Missionary League, 801 Seminary Place Ste. L010, St. Louis, MO 63105. www.lwml.org
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