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  • Writer's pictureRev. Dana Porter Ashton

The Blessings of a Broken Heart

Recently I was watching a movie on Netflix entitled, “Someone Great” (watch it if you haven’t seen it yet). The movie is about a couple who after almost ten years of dating, calls it quits. Now I won’t give you the details in case you decide to watch it, but I will share a statement I heard in the movie that captured my attention. As one of the main characters was talking about the break-up to an old crush, the crush encourages her with the words, “I know it hurts right now, but you have something I’ve never had. You’ve experienced the blessing of a broken heart” (the remix).

I know what you’re thinking. You’re thinking what I was thinking. How is a broken heart a blessing? The longer I thought about the statement, the more I understood it. Scripture declares in Psalm 147 that the Lord will heal the brokenhearted and bind up their wounds, so I’m not afraid of a broken heart. We’re clear that a broken heart doesn’t last forever. Our conundrum is simply this: How can a broken heart be a blessing?

A broken heart can be a blessing because (in no special order):

· It’s a reminder that we have experienced the amazing gift of love

· It’s reminds us we’re still alive

· It gives the Lord an opportunity to love on us

· It keeps us humble and reminds us we’re not perfect

· It allows us a chance to experience the gift of the healing process

· It provides the “kick” we need to get back into the game of life

This is a very short list and I’d love to hear what you would add (feel free to share) as your blessing of a broken heart. Or, if you don’t see it as a blessing, share that as well. I just know the Lord has me in a place where He wants me to see His Hand in every situation, good or bad, and learn how to celebrate Him in the midst. Do I cry? Yes. Does it still hurt? Absolutely. However, when I see the broken heart as a blessing, it’s a little easier to handle.

Holla back if you have any thoughts about the subject!

Peace and Blessings,

Rev. Dana

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