Monday, July 22, 2002

Edifier du jour-Psalm 34:18
The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.
I read that verse and had a number of musical and poetic commentaries on the subject coming to my mind. One was that old prose poem Footprints, where the times were you felt the most alone was the times that God was carrying you. God does come alongside the crushed and the brokenhearted and carries us when we need it the most. The other note came from a Margaret Becker song, Moment of Choice-"Sometimes a broken heart is the strongest heart of all." God can do a lot with a broken heart, as with our egos at a low point, he can rebuild us from scratch the way he wants, making a stronger heart. In exercise, muscle is built (if I remember my physiology) by making small tears and them adding protein to fill in the tears, thus creating a stronger muscle. We can grow spiritually as well, by allowing God to increase our faith as we struggle with the world, filling in the wounded spots with an extra dose of the Holy Spirit.

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