Listen, be silent, learn.
If you see something that is broken, fix it.
If you cannot fix all of it, fix some of it.
What does the Christian have to say about this?
But do not say there is nothing you can do. Because, if that were true, why would this broken thing have come into your world?If It’s Broken . . . – from the book “Wisdom to Heal the Earth”
So why do bad things happen to good people -who says we/they are good and how do we determine whether something is really bad? What has this to do with broken things which enter our lives?
Okay, so many questions. Something awful comes into our life which we consider we do not deserve, do we just allow it to predominate our life and thinking, or do we analyze the situation to see if it is, after all, something awful,bad, or some blessing in disguise we can soothe and smooth and fit to our own cloth.
The easiest things that drop into our laps are the none personal, inanimate type of things that are easy to mend, like clocks and kids bikes, even certain broken pottery – picked up from the grass verge, mind you, else they wouldn’t have actually entered our life but have been there all the time.
I am being rather simplistic and annoying here, aren’t I? The things the author refers to are serious things, relationship things between ourselves and each other and the universe. A sick relative, a demised Spouse, an unexpected expense affecting our family, Someone new to our circle or congregation who needs remediating for their own and everyone else’s sake. Or have I still hit my thumb with the hammer rather than ‘nailed it’?
Being a little more serious : as one living with Bipolar Affective disorder, sometimes the littlest things break me, I am presented with a broken self entering my life because my ego cannot act because too many things have piled up, are happening together, and I cannot sort them out to mend myself. No ‘right’ mind tending to myself – just things, out there in the World that confuse and fluster and bring unsuitable outbursts from my mouth. And, yes, this is still a disjoint or disconnect from the intention of the Meme but it is writing itself, and I would love to know what I tell myself!
Mending something broken gives satisfaction – that we have set something to rights that no one else could because it entered our life rather than theirs.
Mending someone broken is more difficult but God gives us the grace and ability to allow God to work through us – (gee it is difficult to be gender neutral with God – it makes things so clumsy) pray for discernment, to be given a Scriptural example, think of the Parables telling of when Jesus mends someone. “28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28 KJV – If that broken one enters our lives, as Christians we are called to work with God to heal the world, then with God’s help we can heal the one who comes to us.
Someone or something broken enters our life to draw us back to the Lord for help, there is nothing broken but that we are broken ourselves and because the blind cannot lead the blind we firstly pray ‘ Lord, that I may see’. Matthew 15:14,Luke 18:41
How we do so is by prayer and supplication, making our needs known to God who never fails to answer prayer, and, who gives us the strength to do so. Philippians 4:6
Brokenness serves to draw us to God – if we act!
What, then does someone like I am do when we ourselves are broken? Many things enter our lives which break our Spirit : the death of a loved one, Cancer, Alzheimer’s , our first day at school even. Over working can place the utmost strain upon our health of body and mind and is one of those things we do not always connect with our brokenness. Lack of sleep leads to many kinds of dis-ease which shatters or breaks us both mentally and spiritually.
Prayer, even in my own case where I find it almost impossible to act, is the first course of action, I am not alone though most of the time when I am grabbed by my dis-eased mind, I find it impossible to pray, I am mute before the Lord, I feel God to be powerless too. Scripture says:
26 Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but that very Spirit intercedes[a] with sighs too deep for words. Romans 8:26NRSV Yet in the book of Job it says: ” listen to me; be silent, and I will teach you. Job 33:33 “
St. Francis’ Prayer to Discern God’s Will Said Before the Crucifix: “Most High, glorious God, enlighten the darkness of my heart, and give me right faith, certain hope, perfect charity, sense and understanding, Lord, that I may carry out your holy and true command.”
Therefore if I can remember rightly when I have tied myself into an impossible knot, there are three steps to prayer for any situation including brokenness. So let’s turn these three about-
- St. Francis’ Prayer to Discern God’s Will Said Before the Crucifix: “Most High, glorious God, enlighten the darkness of my heart, and give me right faith, certain hope, perfect charity, sense and understanding, Lord, that I may carry out your holy and true command.”
- ” listen to me; be silent, and I will teach you. Job 33:33 ”
- Learn and then if nothing comes let the Spirit pray for us, for me.
- Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but that very Spirit intercedes with sighs too deep for words. Romans 8:26NRSV
Well my summary is “Lord that I may hear”