Jesus, Broken-Hearted Redemption

English Audio Version

Endure the loss of a loved one, and tears flood your eyes.

You can barely endure the preparations for your final good-bye: deciding the flowers, the songs, the color of the bunting on the casket.

Then comes the day, and you wonder if your eyes will ever be dry again. Grief consumes you, and the prospect of going forward darkens every moment you live.

Or you’re at the doctor, and you dread the news you might hear.

Cancer is the big one, the battle you don’t know you can win. Even if you do, how horrible will the skirmishes be? Chemo, meds, and your hair … will it all fall out?

Perhaps … perhaps … letting it go is better … offering escape from the hurt and desperation.

In September of 2019, a 16-year-old teen in Tennessee was devastated by social media bullying. Channing, a junior at Coffee County Central High, was swallowed by desperation and couldn’t find the strength to face another day. His broken heart took his life from him.

Psalm 22:24 tells us we have a redemption for our broken heart.

“For he has not despised or abhorred the affliction of the afflicted, and he has not hidden his face from him, but has heard, when he cried to him.”

Jesus hears us when we come to him. Our voices ring in his ears, and he offers his hand to us.

Your loved one won’t come back to you. That’s not what Jesus offers.

Your cancer treatment? That’s God’s gift for your survival, as bad as it might get.

Betrayal? Jesus says to put it on his shoulders. He can carry you when you are weak, and he will never stumble or fall.

Jesus is our redemption when life lets us down.

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