Healing Brokenness

From Psalm 103:1-5:  “Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless His holy name.  Bless the Lord, O my soul, and do not forget all His benefits—who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the Pit, who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy, who satisfies you with good as long as you live so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.”

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Scattered by earth’s hopeless winds

Relationships, bodies, hearts

Life filling with brokenness

Divine healing, God imparts

 

Father, Son, Holy Spirit

Healing comes from purest source

Balm of hope offers treatment

Mind, body, and soul endorse

 

Amazing grace saves sinners

Hope now strengthens and rebounds

Mercy and love rebuild faith

Forgiveness heals and surrounds

 

Healing balm making us whole

Caring for lifetime of scars

Miracle restores fullness

God’s Glory shining from stars

 

Finding places and people

Savior Jesus leads our way

Bearing our burdens as well

Healing brokenness this day

 

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A traditional African-American spritual, “There Is a Balm in Gilead,” serves as an inspiring complement to this poem.  You are invited to take a moment to listen.

Coretta Scott King Quote

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The greatness of a community is most accurately measured by the compassionate actions of its members.

From Colossians 3:12-13:  “As God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience.  Bear with one another and, if anyone has a complaint against another, forgive each other; just as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive.

Mother Teresa Quote

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I have found the paradox, that if you love until it hurts, there can be no more hurt, only more love.

From Colossians 3:14:  “ Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.”

Always Present

From Psalm 27:1:  “The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear?  The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?”

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Father walking nearby

Hearing heartfelt prayers

Healing life’s brokenness

Always present, God cares

 

Dark fears and emotions

Steps stumble, almost fall

Slowly confidence grows

Feeding faith from God’s call

 

Recalling faithfulness

God’s hope covers this place

Healing former despairs

Love shining through His grace

 

During days of trouble

Stirring praises of joy

Father’s shelter protects

Grace’s refuge deploys

 

Once withdrawn in darkness

His light calling lives out

Always present, God cares

Love covering throughout

 

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From Psalm 27:13-14:  “I believe that I shall see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.  Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord!”

His Great Love

From Deuteronomy 8:3:  “He humbled you by letting you hunger, then by feeding you with manna, with which neither you nor your ancestors were acquainted, in order to make you understand that one does not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord.”

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Life’s darkening journey

Never exempt from pain

Evil always prowling

Adversity’s campaign

 

Seeking life’s foundation

Holy Word, God alone

Heavenly love provides

Troubles no longer groan

 

Praise our Great Comforter

Treasures open, His love

Understanding God’s law

Commandments from above

 

Freed from harsh wilderness

Rejoice with faithful trust

Delighting in God’s love

Filled with hope, life adjusts

 

Depend upon the Lord

Manna nourishing needs

Trials teach bold lessons

His great love always leads

 

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From Romans 8:28:  “We know that all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to His purpose.”

Living in Christ

From Colossians 3:1-2:  “So if you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.  Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.”

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Living in Christ, never alone

Marked with genuine, lasting love

Walking in daily harmony

Bread of Life, feeding from above

 

Living in Christ, finding mercy

Filled with thirst for Holy kindness

Quenching faith with living water

Spirit healing sin-filled blindness

 

Living in Christ, cherished moments

Covered by His forgiving grace

Centering on infinite love

Patience guides, finishing life’s race

 

Living in Christ, tasting His love

Called to follow in faithful ways

Building new life with righteousness

Heavens singing with blessed praise

 

Living in Christ, God’s chosen ones

Baptized, newest children of God

Praising Heavenly Father’s love

Comfort received, His staff and rod

 

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From Colossians 3:14-15:  “Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.  And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in the one body.  And be thankful.”

Martin Luther King, Jr. Quotes

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You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.

Love is the most durable power in the world.  This creative force is the most potent instrument available in mankind’s quest for peace and security.

In His Word

From Psalm 119:97-98:  “Oh, how I love your law!  It is my meditation all day long.  Your commandment makes me wiser than my enemies, for it is always with me.”

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Eternal Lord in Heaven

Our faithfulness flows from Him

God’s Word pilots creation

Through time’s ages, never dim

 

Evil prowling in darkness

Waiting to maim and uproot

God’s love, lasting protection

His grace lighting life’s new route

 

Accepting God’s Holy law

Life filling with His delight

Marching with our conviction

Saved from misery’s dark night

 

Reading daily from Scripture

In His Word, Lord shall converse

Living with Father’s wisdom

Love every single verse

 

Father’s Word always teaches

Guiding life’s faithful mindset

Lives led by His commandments

Follow now, never forget

 

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From the words of American pastor and Christian teacher, Charles Stanley:  “We need godly knowledge and principles to guide us, which is why we must make meditation on the Word a daily habit.”

William Law Quote

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Divine love is perfect peace and joy, it is a freedom from all disquiet, it is all content and happiness; and makes everything to rejoice in itself.

From 2 Peter 1:4-7:  “Thus He has given us, through these things, His precious and very great promises, so that through them you may escape from the corruption that is in the world because of lust, and may become participants of the divine nature.  For this very reason, you must make every effort to support your faith with goodness, and goodness with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with endurance, and endurance with godliness, and godliness with mutual affection, and mutual affection with love.”

Forever Praise

From Psalm 98:5-6:  “Sing praises to the Lord with the lyre, with the lyre and the sound of melody.  With trumpets and the sound of the horn make a joyful noise before the King, the Lord.”

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With joy, singing life’s new song

Lifting up voices, filled with praise

Hailing Father’s steadfast love

Let our eyes to Heaven gaze

 

Our Lord does marvelous things

Victorious in His deeds

Judging world with righteousness

Tirelessly His Spirit leads

 

Earth’s faithful hearts shall rejoice

Accepting His love and grace

Forever praise God’s presence

Darkness, never will we chase

 

Ageless joy recites God’s Word

Life’s solid foothold responds

Promises backed up by trust

Faith, hope, love form lasting bonds

 

Guide every daily step

Reigning from Heaven above

With Son and Holy Spirit

From God comes lasting love

 

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From Psalm 98:7-8:  “Let the sea roar, and all that fills it; the world and those who live in it.  Let the floods clap their hands; let the hills sing together for joy.”