God heals a broken heart, but He has to have all the pieces.
This quote came to mind after I broke a glass by accident, and I was keeping it away intending to wrap it carefully before I’d relegate it to the trash bin. Soon I thought the glass would be an interesting subject for a photo — me being a neophyte photography enthusiast.
Despite the damage, a sparkling glean radiated – like a glint of the rising sun – from its sharp, broken edges and the shards scattered at the bottom, transforming the broken glass into a stunning beauty!
We are just like that glass ~~ broken, crushed at times. Yet we can appreciate ourselves even more, if we can look at ourselves through God’s eyes. And if despite our weaknesses, our failures, our struggles, we carry on and lift to God our pains and sorrows, we strengthen our character; we strengthen our faith in God and in ourselves.
But we need to trust God, first of all. Trust that He can work His miracle in us if we allow Him to do so. Thus, we need to lift up to Him all our cares, our sufferings — He has to have all the broken pieces” of ourselves to make us whole again, and again, and again…
Times when I do get angry at myself for some reasons, such as not meeting my goals for the day, or when stuck at a certain task, or faced with situations that make me think low of myself. Tears flow, especially when the hurt inside is much like the pain caused by the sharp edges of a broken glass. Yet I remember to pray – sometimes, it’s a real struggle to, still I cry my heart out to Him.
At that point, God’s Peace and Mercy fill my heart to the brim, and I get the confidence to move on. Indeed, I can start to love myself wholly again, for God makes me whole again with His undying Love.
Come, Holy Spirit…replace the tension within us with a holy relaxation.
Replace the turbulence within us with a sacred calm.
Replace the anxiety within us with a quiet confidence.
Replace the fear within us with a strong faith.
Replace the bitterness within us with the sweetness of grace.
Replace the darkness within us with a gentle light.
Replace the coldness within us with a loving warmth.
Replace the night within with Your day.
Replace the winter within us with Your spring.
Straighten our crookedness, Fill our emptiness,
Dull the edge of our pride, Sharpen the edge of our humility,
Light the fires of our love, Quench the flames of our lust.
Let us see ourselves as You see us.
That we may see You as You have promised,
And be fortunate according to Your word:
“Blessed are the pure of heart, for they shall see God.”
(prayer courtesy of the St. Joseph Convent of Perpetual Adoration, Hemady, Quezon City)