"The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit." Psalm 34:18 (NIV)

My pastor, a former missionary, shared with me an incident that happened when she and her husband served in Nicaragua. One morning as she was in the kitchen washing dishes while the children played in the living room, a loud crash resounded, followed by a whimper. With trepidation my pastor rushed into the living room to find her beautiful teapot, a special wedding gift, shattered on the floor. Sinking to her knees, she covered her face with her hands and wept. She realized it had been an accident, but no amount of glue could mend her precious teapot.
Fourteen years ago my life was shattered when my husband passed away suddenly. We had been married twenty-seven years, and my future seemed bleak without him. I struggled through each meaningless day, then a friend told me about a bereavement group for those who have lost a spouse. I attended all eight sessions, and gradually healing began. Also, I began a ministry of writing poetry to comfort hurting people. Unlike my pastor's teapot that could not be mended, God took the broken pieces of my heart and restored my life into something beautiful.

Thank you, Lord, for healing my broken heart. Amen.

Bonnie (Me)