"He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds." Psalm 147:3 NRSV
Think of a time in your life when you were brokenhearted. For some, that time may be now. Typically we think of being brokenhearted from a tough time in a relationship, but brokenness can result from almost anything. No matter the reason, the disappointment and hurt can leave us feeling crushed and empty.
This passage is from a psalm of joy and celebration. It is believed to be from the time when the exiled Israel had returned to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem. Even when Israel was in exile God was with them. His promise to the remnant in Jeremiah 32:38 was that he would bring them back from banishment and, once again, “They shall be my people, and I will be their God.” That void they had felt in their absence, from God and their homeland, he would fill -- he would bind up their wounds.
Jesus, the Great Physician, offers us the same hope today. We are never really alone; God is with us even when we may fail to recognize his presence. He is waiting for us to come with all of our pain, sorrow, and brokenness. Whatever our hurts, we can offer it to him, and he will gather us in his arms and bind up our wounds. Our hearts that have been shattered into a million pieces, he will make whole.
Our most gracious God, you are worthy of all our praise. We give thanks for loving us for who we are, brokenness and all. We come to you today with many things that weigh us down and offer them to you. We pray for healing today. Please make us whole, individually, and as your united body. Help us to share with the brokenhearted in this world the message of your love and healing. In Christ’s name, we pray. Amen.