Love feels the broken, without breaking

by Craig on August 22, 2012

The world is broken.source

For the longest time I thought I was the only one.

But I’ve learned in this little more than a year of blogging that everybody’s broken.
I know the theological concept of everything being broken since the fall….

But to bring it home…

I am broken.

You’re broken.

We all have cracks, wounds, baggage…
some is just squirreled away better…
and some fissures run much deeper…
but there’s not one person…unbroken.

And today, for some reason this burns me more than other days.

And this thought has arrived.

Love shares and feels the broken…
but is not broken by the broken.

And as I type that…
I have no idea what it means.

Maybe by the end of the post I will.

Today I have an overwhelming sadness…

I am brokensource

And the sadness has not one thing to do with me.

The first time in my life this happened…
was last year, in the year named “connect”…
swallowed up by countless hurts not my own…
nearly drowning in them and unable to disconnect.

I’m really brokenhearted for all of the broken people with no one reaching out to them.
I’m truly disquieted for all of the broken people who can’t, or who won’t accept help.

I detest that this world is broken…and with it…us.

I know in my heart that there is a Kingdom to come and nothing that is broken will be there. I get that, I’m good with that, But today all of this broken is crushing me. But then, to be honest, since those 7 days of no sleep my eggshell has been a little fragile.

Still, it’s filling my heart today…

like black smoke coming out of a factory chimney…
like the weight of a million ton mountain of rubble…
the sadness of not one set of tears but countless ones.

And again I’m reminded of how hurt God must always be by our pain.

I’m not unbreakable, that has become painfully obvious.
I can be broken by the brokenness of another – or my own.
But Our Lord feels all of our hurts and saves all of our tears.

It’s a good thing he is patently unbreakable…
even though He allowed himself to be broken…

Love was broken on the cross

From an inspired book of drawings entitled "He Was One of Us" by Rien Poortvliet (it's one of my most treasured possessions)


I might be feeling a little bit of that pain today too.

And that’s it!

I did get it by the end of the post.

None of us love perfectly.
We can be broken by pain.

But God is Love.

Love bears every bit of our broken…
and is the only thing, anywhere…
that bears all the broken…



{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Katie August 23, 2012 at 12:00 am

I am so grateful that God can bear the broken of me without breaking. I wrote some on the brokeness of this year for me tonight on my blog and my journey. By the end I was saying how God was there in the midst of the darkness with me.


Craig August 23, 2012 at 3:00 pm

our Lord is the one thing of all things which is uncreated and unbreakable – and whom is uncreated and unbreakable. We all break – I know you have – I know I have – love never breaks – we’re not capable of perfect love yet – ours is the quest for perfection and grace for the quest. God is with us both when were broken – it makes me smile. God bless you Katie, and thank you as always.


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