“He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.”

Psalm 147:3 (ESV)

It’s not an activity for teens today, but in my era, student government held newspaper drives to raise funds for activities. One Saturday morning, several of us piled into our teacher’s station wagon (yes, that dates me) and picked up newspapers in neighborhoods. We bound them with rope, arranged them in the back of the wagon and dropped them off at a collection point. It was a fun Saturday morning. Over fifty years later, I remember our fun time and can visualize the bound newspapers tightly stacked and arranged so none tipped over.

When an object is bound, it is wrapped tightly and held securely in place making it difficult to move or escape. Another definition is to bandage firmly for protection or to hold together.

Brokenhearted people are tired and burdened, sometimes fall apart, and need binding. We may be wrapped in someone’s arms when we cry, or held together by another’s prayers. Wise insights shared in a conversation or a Bible study, wrap us in encouragement. A card, phone call, or text fasten us together in love. Each is unique, welcomed, and helps meet a need.

During the past year and now into 2021, we have witnessed and personally experienced broken hearts. Some have lost loved ones or have lost touch with friends. There is a void that needs binding. Jesus addresses it with an invitation:

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”   Matt. 11:28-30 NIV

A yoke is wooden bar or frame joining two animals so they can work together and carry a heavy load. They are bound as they move together in the same direction with balance. Jesus invites us, with our wounds and broken hearts, to bind ourselves to Him. In perfect balance and unity, He gives us what we need to go forward with Him, so we don’t tip and fall.

Perhaps your broken heart is the loss of a friend or loved one, a teen making unwise choices, a surprising diagnosis, or a disappointment of a shattered dream.

Jesus invites us to come, take, and find.

With His connection, we head in the right direction. He may not fix or eliminate our loss, but He accompanies and heals. He securely wraps to bind us so that we will not tip over and fall.  As Easter approaches, those who have lost loved ones are facing a “first”. Can you be the one Jesus uses to reach out to the brokenhearted  and offer, not a fix, but a presence of love and care?

What appeals to you about come, take, and find?

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