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Let Me Count the Ways

We leave bright dark and early on a plane tomorrow for a jam-packed schedule for the next week and a half. This is possibly the last post for awhile around here and I was desperate to put words to page. Once again, the prompt from LisaJo for Five Minute Friday was so apropos. The word this week is

BROKEN

Five Minute Friday

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Jagged. Sharp. Shredded. Harsh. Anger slashes through my happy facade like a lightning bolt. Veins throb, anger pounds. Your words have broken me. Your actions harmed a friend. How dare you.

Eyes lowered, gazing at the floor but seeing nothing. Head hangs low. Slow and silent a single tear crawls down the slope of a cheek. I am broken. I have caused pain or confusion and it brings me low to think of it now. My heart it breaks over how it broke yours.

Eyes pool, floating in tears of wonder, awe. I’ve witnessed a miracle and I am undone. The hand of the Almighty has chosen to reach down and move in a way that is seen by all. I am broken by the Goodness of it all. Undone at the vision of mercy, grace and the miraculous in the flesh today, now, here.

How can there be infinite ways of broken? The mystery is too great. That there be a myriad manifestations of one descriptor…the same word bringing pain that brings healing that brings hope that bursts a heart with humble gratitude for a miracle undeserved yet so vastly appreciated.

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20 Responses to “Let Me Count the Ways”

  1. Megan Eccles says:

    “My heart breaks over how it broke yours” stunning. God bless you.

  2. Mel says:

    Incredible post. Like Megan said…”My heart breaks over how it broke yours.” I had to catch my breath. Thanks for the reminder and chance to reflect. Wishing you a blessed Easter! 🙂

  3. lonistel says:

    My heart it breaks over how it broke yours.

    Ahhh yes! It’s hard to fathom, isn’t it! How blessed we are!

  4. This is exactly what I’ve been pondering “How can there be infinite ways of broken? The mystery is too great.” Thank you!

  5. Amy P Boyd says:

    Just that one line “My heart it breaks over how it broke yours.” made me stop. Does my heart break for others ? Do I hurt with those hurting ? Christ did and so should I. Thanks for words that opened my eyes and touched my heart

  6. Heather says:

    Loved the prose of this blog that went deep into my heart.…”the same word bringing pain that brings healing that brings hope that bursts a heart with humble gratitude for a miracle undeserved yet so vastly appreciated”… thank you Jesus.

  7. Thank God for grace and forgiveness and wholeness in Christ.

    Janelle Marie

  8. Laura Hedgecock says:

    I like the same word bring pain, healing and hope. Wonderful post.

    Laura Hedgecock
    http://www.TreasureChestOfMemories.com
    http://www.twitter.com/LauraLHedgecock

  9. Becky Daye says:

    Oh, goodness, Jennifer! I don’t even know what to say. You are a master word weaver and I am so thankful for you! That last sentence- what a beautiful conclusion!!!
    Love to you and safe travels!!

  10. Kariss Lynch says:

    “How can there be infinite ways of broken? The mystery is too great. That there be a myriad manifestations of one descriptor…the same word bringing pain that brings healing that brings hope that bursts a heart with humble gratitude for a miracle undeserved yet so vastly appreciated.”

    Love this so much, and, oh, how true. There are so many faces to this word, so many different results, and so many ways the Lord brings beauty from these circumstances. Thank you for your vulnerability! Visiting from Five Minute Friday!

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