A Bruised Reed


When our hearts are frozen in the dark of depression and loneliness, hopelessness creeps in like a cold fog. During these valleys we may be tempted to think God is unresponsive or unapproachable. The weight that bears down on us is so heavy our prayers seem disconnected. We wonder, does God care? If suffering from emotional and mental disorders, or issues that cause us shame, these feelings can be a deep struggle.


Throughout Scripture we read of God’s loving-kindness for those who are brokenhearted. Matthew 12:20 states:  A battered reed He will not break off, and a smoldering wick He will not put out. This calls to mind Jesus’ gentle care for us. Christ comes to us where we are, in the suffering which leaves us hurt and defeated. In our brokenness, He redeems and heals with pure mercy. His grace is powerful in the depths of our struggle.

God's love is not subject to the ups and downs of our emotional state. He is steadfast and faithful. In the pressing trials of our life He reveals His mercy in the most profound ways. Our pain can be the door to a closer walk with our Savior.

 He heals the brokenhearted
And binds up their wounds. Psalm 147:3

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