Read: “My son, give me your heart, and let your eyes observe my ways.” Proverbs 23:26 (MEV)
Reflect: There are parts of me broken off throughout the dark corners of this world. You can find them on the floor of the room my mother passed away in after the cruel deliberate way ALS took her. You can find more in the kitchen I dragged my father out of when he’d gotten violently drunk, yet again. They are found in the doctor’s office where he explained our son’s autism diagnosis and what it would mean for him and us for the rest of his life. There are broken pieces in the distant edges of the globe where war took me from my family, and where it took some of my friends from theirs forever. The harsh world can break off some pretty big parts of us.
For a long time, I tried to soldier on with what I had left of myself. It wasn’t much, but I thought it was still me. A weary prayer of surrender to God was what showed me the way out. The journey towards it was traveled by giving back to the community, to the church and to others in need. Kindness and generosity can cure the hardened heart, if you let them.
React: What broken parts of yourself are you still holding on to? What do you need to surrender to God?
Pray: Lord break me so that I may be put back together, made stronger by your love and grace.