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Tuesday, April 10th, '18

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BUT IT STILL HURTS

"He 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 endure it.

 

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?


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