God is close to the broken hearted
Psalm 34: 18 (NRSVA)
18 The Lord is near to the broken-hearted,
and saves the crushed in spirit.
Sometimes hearts, whatever they were like before, get broken. Spirits get crushed. and all our instincts tell us to curl into a ball shutting out the world. I think God understands that.
I also think the psalmist is right.
God really is near to the broken hearted. Right there sitting with us, an almost perceptible hand resting gently on our sobbing shoulders. A strength we can only just register and an invitation to open our broken heart to God.
These days there are plenty of opportunities to be broken hearted and broken in spirit but that means these are the most important days to open up our hearts to God so that we can find the strength to open them to everyone else too.
God of broken hearts
Hold us through our despair and our tears.
Teach us to unlock the bolts on our heart and uncurl the fist squeezing our spirit.
Prompt us to open up our hearts to your love and light in the world.