The Lord rebuilds Jerusalem, and gathers the dispersed of Israel. Healing the brokenhearted, and binding up their wounds.
Psalm 147: 2-3
During the Eucharist prayer, we listen to the image of God gathering us in as a mother gathers her children. It’s a beautiful image of comfort and safety. Even as adults we sometimes long for that embrace that can take away the fears and sorrow of our lives and just rest for a moment. But, that’s not always readily available for us here in this world. Or is it?
When brokenhearted, it is often hard to have hope, to trust, to love. If feels as if we will open ourselves to more damage, more pain. Yet, we cannot heal ourselves – so where do we turn? To God. We turn to God. God has all the nurturing and sustaining capabilities we will ever need. God has the power to heal. God has the desire to bind our wounds and make us whole again.
God tries to tell us over and over and over and over again about the unconditional love that is given to all of us. We don’t always get the message because the world is telling us so many contrary things. I believe this is why it is so important to spend time alone with God in prayer – so that the voice of God becomes louder than the voice of the world. God is seeking this time together. God is ready to gather us brokenhearted, wounded, imperfect children because those are just parts of us. Our essence is not brokenness, it is love. When we spend time with our loving Creator, we learn to accept ourselves first as loved, then as wounded. It is then that we are able to reach out to our brothers and sisters, find the people that can be God’s loving embrace on this world. We will also discover that we can become God’s loving embrace for others. When Love transforms us, we will transform the world.