How To Mend a Broken Heart
by Noah Hefley
February 22, 2020
How can you mend a broken heart? This was the question posed years ago by the pop group The Bee Gees. In 2003, which seems like only yesterday, one of the remaining Gibbs brothers suddenly passed away. The Gibbs’ publicist issued an official statement almost immediately that the family was “heartbroken.” So the Gibbs Family were now in the position of having to find an answer to this very question they had sung about years before.
All of us eventually will have to struggle for an answer to this question. So it is good to know where to turn for the answer. Jesus gave us a hint when He said, “He (The Heavenly Father) has sent me to heal the broken heart…” (Luke 4:18 KJV). And remember the promise from our sermon this past Sunday, “The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit” (Psalm 34:18). This is to say: If you’ve been truly hurt, He can heal your broken heart.
The Lord promises to draw close to His children who are brokenhearted. But we have to do our part. We must learn to confess the hurt and call upon the healer of a broken heart. This is necessary and it is usually a process that takes time—but it’s worth it.
I read the experience of an older man who underwent open-heart surgery. He said the day before the surgery an attractive nurse came into his room to visit. She took hold of his hand, and told him to feel it and hold it. He said, “I thought that was a good idea!”
He continued with his story saying the nurse then told him, “Now during the surgery tomorrow you will be disconnected from your heart and you will be kept alive only by virtue of certain machines. And when your heart is finally restored and the operation is over and you are recovering, you will eventually wake up in a special recovery room. But you will be immobile for as long as six hours. You may be unable to move or speak, even to open your eyes, but you will be perfectly conscious and you will hear and you will know everything that is going on around you. During those six hours I will be at your side and I will hold your hand, exactly as I am doing now. I will stay with you until you are fully recovered. Although you may feel absolutely helpless, when you feel my hand, you will know that I will not leave you.”
He said, “It happened exactly as the nurse told me. I awoke, and could do nothing. But I could feel the nurse’s hand in my hand for hours. And that made the difference!”
This is the Lord’s great promise to us—and He is the One who can make the difference in us. So trust Him to bring healing in His time to your own broken heart. As you do, remember the words of the psalmist, “The righteous cry out and the Lord hears them; He delivers them (in) all their troubles” (Psalm 34:17).
Yes—He is the One who mends a broken heart! Blessed be the Name of the Lord!
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