Recently, I have been sitting with Brokenness.  For a long time, however, I was afraid to acknowledge her presence because her cracks might allow someone to see the darkness buried deep inside.  And isn’t her sidekick, Wholeness, the friend we want to claim as our own (even if we know she is unattainable)?

Brokenness is not to be feared.  She doesn’t storm into our lives with the desire to conquer our spirits. Rather, she sits with us and gives us permission to be human, to make mistakes, and to feel our pain.  She humbles us, and if we let her, encourages us to stop relying on ourselves and start surrendering to our Beloved. She invites us into experiencing both grace and mercy in new dimensions.

And most importantly, if we let her, she creates in us a sense of compassion that helps us connect to other broken spirits seeking love and support.  It is this kind of compassion that allows us to see the light shining thru the cracks of others’ brokenness instead of only fearing their darkness.

Isn’t that what we are called to do as people of faith?


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