Daily Meditation: July 15, 2013


Being Broken

Jesus was broken on the cross. He lived his suffering and death not as an evil to avoid at all costs, but as a mission to embrace. We too are broken. We live with broken bodies, broken hearts, broken minds or broken spirits. We suffer from broken relationships.

How can we live our brokenness? Jesus invites us to embrace our brokenness as he embraced the cross and live it as part of our mission. He asks us not to reject our brokenness as a curse from God that reminds us of our sinfulness but to accept it and put it under God’s blessing for our purification and sanctification. Thus our brokenness can become a gateway to new life.

Henri J. M. Nouwen

Text excerpts taken from Bread for the Journey, by Henri J.M. Nouwen , © 1997 HarperSanFrancisco. All Scripture from The Jerusalem Bible ©1966, 1967, and 1968 Darton, Longman & Todd and Doubleday & Co. Inc. Photo by V. Dobson.

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3 Responses to Daily Meditation: July 15, 2013

  1. Susan says:

    I wish to respectfully disagree. The Bible states everything from God is good, therefore, brokenness, sickness, trials & tribulations, do NOT come from God. We should not accept them! Jesus died on the cross for all of us so we should not have to suffer the consequences of sin. If problems come our way, we need to ask God for forgiveness, then, plead the blood of the Lamb (Jesus) for our cleansing & healing. Then, believe that all has been taken care of by God, and it will be so. (The Bible says, God sees things that will be as if they already are). And very important, do our best to do good so we don’t open the door to sin. May God bless all of you.

  2. pasty fagen says:

    today’s meditation speaks to my heart – the question I have is HOW?
    How does one go about allowing our brokenness to become a gateway to new life?

  3. michele uhrich says:

    I believe, as Henri teaches, that we are to become “wounded healers,” that is, to use our greatest sorrows and obstacles to reach out to others and help them heal their lives, thereby healing our own. Those areas in life that cause us the most anxiety are often the gifts we are meant to share.

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