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Saturday, December 15, 2012

for those who have a broken heart.

My heart is very, very heavy tonight. 
I know yours is too.

And I really have few words. How can words adequately describe, comfort or lend any kind of meaning to the horrors we witnessed in a small Connecticut town today. To those who've been touched by the tragedy, I am so so sorry. We are here for you.

You are in our hearts. Our prayers. Our thoughts. Our tears.

Tonight I leafed through a book I've had for years, written by a precious old friend - I saw it sitting in the back of my dusty bookshelf, and I had to pick it up. Just to look at the cover. And I was reminded that my Jesus knows the pain and confusion and numbness of loss. He feels it with those who grieve. With those who cry. And he weeps with them. When Jesus walked this very earth, He too tasted the bitterness of death. And he cried. Just like you and I do. When his dear friend Lazarus died, 


"Jesus wept." -John 11:35 

I know He weeps again tonight.
And every moment, every day - when every kind of pain, death and disappointed loss is suffered. 

I dearly recommend reading this book if you desire perspective in grappling with the loss, pain, and suffering we face in this very broken place we live. Find it here

Sweet friend, run to Him in pain. In the pain all around us, and in your own personal secret heart's pain. We all experience it. Take it to Him. He loves you. And He weeps with and for you.

I love the last lines from the book: 


"He loves you. He loves you so, so much. And the day will come when you will look Him in the eye, and all the things that don't make sense will simply disappear in His overwhelming and undeniable goodness. He'll wipe away every tear that day. He'll take you by the hand and replace all of your mourning with a dance of extraordinary joy." -Bruce Marchiano


Resting between His shoulders,

Erin


"The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit." 
//Psalm 34:18

"My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever." 
//Psalm 73:26

"Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid." 
//John 14:27

"Cast your anxiety on Him because He cares for you." 
//1 Peter 5:7

"Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to Him and He will make your paths straight." 
//Proverbs 3:5-6

"Come to me, all who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest." 
//Matthew 11:28 

"The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold." 
//Psalm 18:2 

"I have told you these things so that you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world." 
//John 16:33 


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14 comments:

  1. Thank you for the encouraging words, sis.

    *hugs & love*
    Ashley Danielle
    alwaysashley2012.blogspot.com

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  2. Ahhh friend... Such a good reminder. I know I needed it. Oftentimes, we are able to praise God in the joyful parts of life, but when tragedy hits, I think it's all too easy to remember that God' heart is breaking even more than ours. Love you friend!! So thankful for you and your heart.

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  3. Great references! I always turn to Psalms when feeling in despair. It has everything. :)

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  4. Thank you, Erin. This very thing was greatly bothering me last night, Thanks for sharing those encouraging words and bible verses.

    Lots of hugs,
    Lauricia

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  5. Erin this is beautiful. The verses you posted at the end almost brought me to tears, after reading your post. God is so kind to us, and such a refuge in times of trouble, pain, loss, and confusion. Thank you for writing this post!

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  6. Yes and amen. Thank you for putting words to our grief Erin. Blessings!

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  7. thank you so much erin... I needed those scriptures so much in my own life right now love ya :)

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  8. it is just such a sad story!! i can't even imagine what those families must be going through. i heard that people in their neighborhood feel bad about celebrating christmas after what happened so some of them are taking their decorations down. i just don't understand how someone could be so cruel to children

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  9. Beautifully written, friend.
    My heart goes out to all those dealing with any pain and distraught because of this tragedy.

    Love you!

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  10. those are such good verses, especially for people who are suffering. I always love that verse and love picturing God being close to the brokenhearted and saving those who are crushed in spirit.

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  11. God is the only one who can mend a broken heart. I know that He will heal the families in Connecticut and give them all of the love and comfort in the world. My heart and prayers go out to them.

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  12. Thank you for sharing those great verses!!

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  13. Thank you for posting these verses. I put several of them in the cards I sent out for the Condolence for Newtown event.

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sweet friends, share your heart.

"kind words are like honey...sweet..and healing.." -proverbs 16:24.

xo.

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