The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.
I don’t know how flowers get their common name, but I think “bleeding heart” describes this flower well. It is a beautiful small heart-shaped flower with several blossoms on each stem. There are times in each life when we are brokenhearted and these are the times when the Lord seems nearer. I say ‘seems’ because God is always the same distance from us, just a cry away. But it is in the brokenhearted times that we actually cry for help and we feel him nearer. I think this flower has something to teach us about dealing with brokenhearted-ness. As the blooms grow taking nourishment from the same stem, so we need to be close to others who find their nourishment in Christ. We need others who will walk with us and carry us to Christ in their prayers. We also need to be sure that we reach out to those who are hurting. This small flower is beautiful and in its beauty we find hope when we are brokenhearted for it was Jesus’ bleeding heart that saves us and brings us hope.
Lord of the Brokenhearted,
When we cry out to you from a broken heart, we are grateful for your presence. Open our eyes to those who need us to carry their hearts to you. Most of all thank you for the bleeding heart of Jesus who saves us.
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