April 10th, '18
All rights reserved © message by Kris Jackson
IT STILL HURTS
heals the broken in heart..." (Psalm 147:3)
A year ago this day was a Wednesday. I
remember it well, the telephone call from Mom right before walking into church
to preach that night. The message flowed with more tears than finesse, why,
because my next older brother's fifteen-year-old had just gone to be with the
Lord. No autopsy findings, no trauma, no answers, no sense made. Chalk up one
more why do bad things happen to good people question not to be answered
till we all meet around the throne. If time heals all wounds then twelve months
ought to at least start the anesthetic yet Dave and Sonia hurt as much today as
a year ago.
I used to presume like most others that
the Lord heals the "broken heart". Closer inspection of that verse tweaked that
theology. It says He heals the "broken in heart". Notice the clarifier "in". He
heals something within the person, not necessarily the broken heart itself. The
pain lingers, sometimes a lifetime. But pain is one of heaven's most accredited
teachers. A fifteen-year-old in heaven makes a parent loosen his/her grip on
earth. The eternal starts to mean more than the temporal. "All things work together
for good" is the canned line we preachers offer hoping to medicate the grieving
at least a little, all the while knowing that the one suffering the loss sees
no "good" in it in the least. The heart hurts and ten-thousand tears have
failed to flush out the infection. But it's a good infection...good grief.
The broken heart will always be a bit
broke. In the natural, coronary infarction leaves the heart muscle cauterized.
Dad had to live out his days with a slight crippling in his chest, after his
heart attack, but he didn't stop living. Jacob hobbled out of Peniel with a
limp but his greatest days followed that trauma. A loss doesn't mean you lose.
The broken heart need not force a broken will. Jesus was anointed to "bind up
the brokenhearted" (Isaiah 61:1). He cinches up the splint on the bowed leg. He
doesn't remove Paul's thorn in the flesh but He grants sufficient grace to
It still hurts, I know. But a broken
heart is no proof of a broken covenant. God said He would never leave you nor forsake
you and you've sensed over and over that He has been there participating in
your tears. "Why" is never answered but "Who" is. The Comforter, the Holy
Spirit has been there, holding your hand whenever you have allowed Him to.
After saying He "heals the broken in heart" David added that He "binds up their
wounds". Just as a burn victim's wounds need dressed several times a day for
weeks, perhaps months, God has sat bedside ministering nurse-care whether
you've felt it or not. God is good...only good. He has purposes so we don't need
to understand reasons. We listened to a tremendous testimony of a very credible
man's vision of heaven the other night. He reiterated what many others have
claimed, that heaven is populous with children and young people. Where do those
young people come from? Life on earth may be shortened but it is never
short-changed for those that have hope beyond the veil. I, for one, have that
hope and I've never been surer of anything in my life. I know it still hurts
and I know there are still tears but why would He wipe away all tears from our
eyes in heaven if earth had already dried them?