Have you ever felt broken? As an Advocate, I have heard survivors use the term over and over.
Beautiful Broken Heart
What you didn’t know
When you shattered me
Is you left my heart wide open,
Making space for hope to get in,
Letting passion burst through the cracks,
Lighting the way to a better life.
I choose to keep the myriad fractures,
Places to look out from within,
Space to see other broken.
Let them in.
Patterns mapping the way,
Beautiful broken symbols revealing my power,
The power of survival.
Only visible to the broken,
Survivors carrying the gift of seeing out,
You didn’t know when you shattered us
You improved our view,
We all see you.
There is no place to hide from the broken.
All of our pieces bring us together.
And when the mosaic is complete,
We will be more beautiful,
Than ever before.
By Shannon Symonds
After a particularly difficult day, I once again said to a family member, “I feel broken,” while driving to Washington to hear Jeffrey R. Holland speak.
Holland began his talk, and then stopped midsentence. He said he felt inspired to talk about something else, and then he said the words that will forever be written on my heart. Frantically I typed them on my cell phone, so I would never forget.
He said, “God loves broken things.” Those words struck members of the congregation, silencing the room. He went on to explain, “He loves a broken heart and a contrite spirit.” A contrite spirit is someone who feels guilt and remorse.
Shortly after Hollands talk I wrote this article for FamilyShare: Why God loves broken things
Embrace your unique heart.
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