Nothing is better when broken, except a Christian.
The other day, in a pile of random things I can’t tolerate to toss, I found this treasure.
Psalm 51:17The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit;a broken and contrite heart,
O God, you will not despise.
Forgot the broken heart of a romance movie, brokenness for a believer is much different. In fact, it’s almost the opposite. Our hearts are romantically broken when someone we love forsakes us.
Our hearts are spiritually broken when the God who loves us draws near, but His holy presence causes conviction. Our heart is broken when we see our sin in light of His goodness, and repent.
Back in the olden days before computers, email, Internet, Facebook, blogging, cell phones, texting, Tweeting and all the other modern ways of passing on a message, an older friend of ours, John Dabill, typed up encouraging excerpts from Christian books, poems, devotionals and Bible study notes to pass around.
The above well-loved pieces of paper was one of his offerings of encouragement.
About ten years ago, he gave us his cherished typewriter.
The original receipt is still tucked away in the instruction manual. Since minimum wage was only $.75 in 1952, his source of spiritual encouragement wasn’t cheap. It was more like an eternal investment.
My kids loved using it to type up ransom notes, after kidnapping each other’s stuffed animals, but it always represented spiritual encouragement to me.
Someday, our Internet trail will leave behind memories, pictures, thoughts, journals, Tweets, status updates and blogs. Hopefully, our trail will be littered with broken pieces of self and marked with this message of hope for those walking behind~
Psalm 34:18The Lord is near to the brokenheartedand saves the crushed in spirit.