Brokenness

Posted: April 17, 2015 in depression, life, music, religion, words
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In the last few days I’ve spoken about failings and failures. In considering failures it’s been noticeable to me that the word “broken” has either come into my thoughts a lot, or I’ve found it frequently appears in the lyrics of songs I’ve listened to in relation to failures.

When you hear the word broken, what do you think of? Does it make you think of something that can be fixed or something damaged beyond repair?

In looking up the dictionary to get the definition of the word broken, I found it interesting that how broken is used varies depending on whether n object or a person is being referred to:

If referring to an object the dictionary states – having been fractured or damaged and no longer in one piece or in working order

While if referring to a person the dictionary states – (of a person) having given up all hope; despairing

It sounds as though if an object is broken it is repairable as it’s just been damaged, while if a person is broken, they have given up all hope!

I have to disagree with the dictionary definition when using the word broken to describe a person, as even if we feel broken and without hope, there is hope, and we can be made whole again, by God.

So if you’re feeling broken and without hope, let God make you feel beautiful again, by making you whole.

Beauty for Brokenness

Beauty for brokenness, hope for despair
Lord, in our suffering world, this is our prayer.
Bread for the children, justice, joy, peace
Sunrise to sunset, your kingdom increase.

Shelter for fragile lives, cures for their ills,
Work for the craftsman, trade for their skills.
Land for the dispossessed, rights for the weak,
Voices to plead the cause, for those who can´t speak.

God of the poor, friend of the weak, give us compassion we pray.
Melt our cold hearts, let tears fall like rain.
Come change our love from a spark to a flame.

Refuge from cruel wars, Havens from fear
Cities for sanctuary, freedom to share.
Peace to the killing fields, scorched earth to green,
Christ for the bitterness, his cross for the pain.

Rest for the ravaged earth, oceans and streams
Plundered and poisoned, our future, our dreams.
Lord, end our madness, carelessness, greed,
Make us content with the things that we need.

Lighten our darkness, breathe on this flame,
Until your justice burns brightly again;
Until the nations learn of your ways,
Seek your salvation and bring you their praise.

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