Tuesday, December 1, 2015

"How Can You Mend a Broken Heart"

Years ago there was a great song sung by the Bee Gees called “How Can You Mend a Broken Heart”.  I found a video copy of this song and I hope this will help you to remember the words and maybe have a little fun singing along with the video.




 I can think of younger days when living for my life

Was everything a man could want to do
I could never see tomorrow
But I was never told about the sorrow

How can you mend a broken heart?

How can you stop the rain from falling down?
How can you stop the sun from shining?
What makes the world go round?
How can you mend this broken man?
How can a loser ever win?
Please help me mend my broken heart and let me live again

I can still feel the breeze that rustles through the trees

And misty memories of days gone by
We could never see tomorrow,
No one said a word about the sorrow

And how can you mend a broken heart?

How can you stop the rain from falling down?
How can you stop the sun from shining?
What makes the world go round?
And how can you mend this broken man?
How can a loser ever win?
Please help me mend my broken heart and let me live again.


The lyrics of this song are very sad, but there is answer to the question “please help me mend my broken heart and let me live again.”  After the passing of my late husband Bill, I have said those same words and I know many other widows have felt the same. 

Pastor Rick Warren wrote a great devotional message titled “The Lord is close to the brokenhearted, and He saves those whose spirits have been crushed” (Psalm 34:18).  Pastor Warren’s article gives us six ways God blesses a broken heart and I pray as you read this article it will bless your heart and help you to “live again”.

 SIX WAYS GOD BLESSES A BROKEN HEART

“The LORD is close to the brokenhearted, and He saves those whose spirits have been crushed.” (Psalm 34:18 NCV)
Every one of us will experience loss in our lives. So how does God heal your broken heart? You don’t get over a loss. You can’t go under it; you can’t go around it. You’ve got to go through the grief. And if you are scared to express emotion and refuse to go through it, that’s where you get stuck.
But how do you get unstuck? You let God help you. There are six ways God blesses a broken heart.

God draws you close to Himself. Psalm 34:18 says, “The LORD is close to the brokenhearted, and He saves those whose spirits have been crushed” (NCV). When you grieve, you often feel like God is a million miles away. In fact, He’s never been any closer.

God grieves with you.  The Bible says, “(Jesus was) a man of sorrow, acquainted with deepest grief” (Isaiah 53:3a NLT, second edition).  When you come to Jesus with your grief, He knows what you are talking about, and He understands your pain. God is a suffering God, and He is a sympathetic God. He’s not aloof; He’s not apathetic. He’s not standing on the sidelines.

God gives you a church family for support.  We’re meant to grieve in community. Healing comes in groups. Healing comes in the church. Healing comes in community. We’re better together!  “In Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others…Be devoted to each other like a loving family…Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn’ (Romans 12:5, 10, 15 NIV/GW/NIV).

God uses grief to help you grow. God uses grief and even pain to help you become more like Christ, and He does it in three ways. God uses pain to get your attention (Proverbs 20:30). Second, He brings good out of bad (Romans 8:28). Third, He prepares you for eternity (2 Corinthians 4:17-18).

God gives you the hope of Heaven.  There are many people who grieve without hope. Your life on this earth is short, but if you believe in Jesus Christ and trust Him for your salvation, then you have the hope of spending eternity in Heaven with God, and that hope will sustain you through your time of loss. The Bible says in I Thessalonians 4:13, “We don’t want you to be ignorant about those who have died. We don’t want you to grieve like the other people who have no hope” (GW).


God uses your pain to help others. This is called redemptive pain; it is the highest and best use of the pain 

God does not want you to waste a hurt. “God comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us” (2 Corinthians 1:4 NLT, second edition).

(This is God's marching orders to our ladies at FNF. We are to comfort others when they are in trouble, with the same comfort God has given us.)




“Six Ways God Blesses a Broken Heart”
Written by Pastor Rick Warren,
Daily Devotions: Thursday, October 15, 2015
Saddleback Church, Lake Forest, California












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