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May 8, 2017, 8:57 AM

Broken


What do you do with a broken toy, tool, pencil, etc...?  Typically we just throw it away. With the convenience of convenience stores, we're never really that far away from a replacement. 

What do you do with a broken heart, soul, or mind? That's a harder question to answer, because no store carries replacements for those pieces of us. We could write a song that helps heal a broken heart (of if you're Adele/Taylor Swift you write ALBUMS about it). There are outputs for healing a broken heart.  Minds can be healed, but those are a bit trickier. Sometimes its medicine, other times its counseling, sometimes its simply recognizing a problem and learning to cope (I'm NOT trivializing disorders, they're serious and demand respect and attention). 

But what about the soul? What do we do with broken souls? Here's the solution: WE don't do anything with broken souls (other than maybe live with them). We are powerless. Only God fixes broken souls. And that is the heart of sinfulness, doubt, and detachment from the Spirit because too often we try and handle the repairs on our own. Like using scotch tape to seal a crack in the Hoover Dam. 

The topic for yesterday (05/07) was Surrender; which often elicits this response from me: "No Thanks."  We are trained to fight to the end, give it our all, don't give up!! Surrender sounds like we've done just that!  That is a broken soul talking. When we surrender, truly surrender, we are made FREE to fight to the end, truly give our all, and to persevere. God takes broken things and makes them new. God takes the cracks in our souls and shines a light through that doesn't just heal, it empowers. The world thinks surrender is weakness and defeat. Faith proves surrender to be victory, healing, and empowerment to serve like never before. 

There is a moment in the Gospel of John that shines a light into this idea. Peter had a broken soul. He was often in the repair shop with Jesus, showing those places that needed the most attention. Pride got in the way more than once (and with more than just Peter). Jesus needed to attend to that, and had to do something rather extreme to get his message across: he surrendered his status as divinity, removed his shirt, got to his knees, and washed Peter's feet. 

The language used in this story speaks to the power and totality of surrender: Jesus knew what was about to happen, and John acknowledges Christ's power in all things. Jesus laid ALL of that down alongside his cloak, surrendering himself to the role of lowest servant. And in that moment we don't see him as weak, we see a powerful lesson in what makes us great. The cleaning he does physically doesn't last (they walked to the garden), but the impact he has on their souls shows itself eternally. He worked on their souls by wiping down their feet. 

If you want to be healed, surrender your feet to Christ. Allow him to see the places we keep hidden, shining his light within. It may be painful, and might get awkward, but a broken soul can only be healed through such a process. 

John 13: 1 - 5  1Before the Passover celebration, Jesus knew that his hour had come to leave this world and return to his Father. He had loved his disciples during his ministry on earth, and now he loved them to the very end. It was time for supper, and the devil had already prompted Judas,[ son of Simon Iscariot, to betray Jesus.Jesus knew that the Father had given him authority over everything and that he had come from God and would return to God. So he got up from the table, took off his robe, wrapped a towel around his waist, and poured water into a basin. Then he began to wash the disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel he had around him.

 


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