TIME DOES NOT HEAL A BROKEN HEART
On this day 6 years ago my baby sister passed away and went to be with the Lord. The hardest day of my life and one that I felt I would never recover from. I heard more than once, “Just give it time Leanne…time will heal your broken heart and it will get better.” Heartbreak, grief and the pain does not come and go in an orderly, confined timeframe….sorry. Do you really think time can heal something so tragic as losing my 28 year old sister? No, time does not heal a broken heart but I can tell you what does….God! He heals and comforts my heart as I lean on Him daily for comfort and peace. God has healed my broken heart and he heals it over and over each and every day as He mends the broken pieces and crushed parts of my life. “He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.” Psalms 147:3
I will tell you from experience that time is not a healer so don’t depend on time to heal you. The wound and the hurt of her death hurts just as much today as it did 6 years ago but God gives the peace and healing that we need to make it through each day. HE has healed my broken heart. YOU MUST lean on Him, trust Him and let Him be the source of your strength when you go through a tragedy. Each day HE heals my brokenness and HE brings peace to my heart as He extends to me His mercy and grace. God is a healer of broken hearts and every broken piece of life as He puts those pieces back together. Without Him being close to our brokenness there is no way to make it through the heartaches and heartbreaks of life.
There were times that I thought I would never be able to feel alive again or move forward with all of the brokenness and wounds in my life but God has been close to my side during life’s journey and helped my heart and life recover each and every day. Balancing the feeling of pain and loss while trying to move forward with life, can only be done by leaning on God and trusting in Him for our peace and source of comfort. I know that without having God close, there is no amount of time that could heal all the wounds and brokenness that only He can see in our lives. He sees our hearts, He knows the hurt, He understands the pain and He loves us through it, He comforts us along the way and He gives us HOPE for our future.
If you are asking yourself….Will my heart ever heal from the pain, the hurt, the grief, the brokenness, the circumstances or the losses that have been inflicted on my life? The answer is Yes. God sees every part of your life and He loves you. He is right beside you today and will breathe life back into you again and will heal those things that has robbed you…..it is a daily healing that time cannot heal….only God, so go to Him today and let Him comfort you! I miss my sister daily and the loss is great but God has given me such a peace and a joy that I cannot explain. It can only come from Him! I know that each day here on earth brings me one day closer to living out eternity with her. We will grieve but always remember…JOY comes in the morning.
Prayer of comfort:
Dear Heavenly Father I come to you today with a heavy heart. My heart is broken and I need your strength right now. I ask you to surround me with peace that surpasses all understanding. Walk with me through this valley that I am in and grant me strength even when times get tough. Help me to focus on you and not on all the struggles I am enduring right now. I know time won’t heal me, but God I am asking you to heal my broken heart everyday. Help me to see that you are bigger than every circumstance in life and that through this you will be glorified. Take all the pain, grief and brokenness right now and turn it to peace, comfort and joy. I ask all of these things in your name….Amen!
“The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.”
“Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”
“So with you; Now is your time of grief, but I will see you again and you will rejoice, and no one will take away your joy.”
“He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”
“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.”
This devotion written in loving memory of my sister
Christa Joy Joyce April 4, 1986 – May 22, 2014
You are missed and loved so much….until we meet again!