Shattered Heart

Wednesday, August 10, 2022
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Matthew 5:4 – Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. (NIV)

I watched as if it were rolling in slow motion — or it could have been me moving in slow motion. I stretched my hand forward as it rolled to the floor — shattering. My heart skipped a beat. My favourite coffee mug lay in pieces on the floor.

Then, I realized that it was my heart that was shattered and not just the coffee cup that I didn't know how to pick up. I was so raw with emotion, since my mum had passed away just days before, that I just stared at the broken pieces on the floor.

I sent a description of this event to my aunt, and this was her reply: "The glue to heal your heart is love; let me send the first blob of glue to you."

The Merriam Webster Dictionary defines the word "blob" as a small drop or lump or something viscid or thick. What a great visual to illustrate for us that love is the glue to heal our heart!

1 Corinthians 13:13 – And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love. (NIV)

1 John 4:10 – This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. (NIV)

Love to heal the heart is what Jesus gave to us when He died on the cross for our sins. Who might need a blob of His love that we might share with them today?

Prayer: Dear Jesus, thank You for the cross that shows us Your enormous love for us. Help us to come alongside others and show them Your grace and Your love in all seasons of life. Thank You that Your timing is always right, even when we cannot see it in the midst of our grief. May we always have faith, hope, and love. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.

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Julie Bowles <julieanni@rogers.com>
Barrie, Ontario, Canada

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1 Comment

  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Thanks for the good reminder, Julie.


    Thanks for your message of love today.


    Thank you for this comforting devotional.


    Thank you for the message and sorry for your loss.


    Thanks Julie.
    Beautiful!


    Loved your morning thoughts
    (NH USA)


    I hope your mourning has been comforted by your aunt’s words.


    Thank you for sharing this encouraging devotional with us. Blessings.


    Dear Julie. What Wonderful visuals, with so much meaning. Thanks for sharing.


    Julie, what a wonderful illustration using the “blob” of love to glue the heart! Thank you.


    Julie,
    WHAT A PERFECT DEVOTIONAL! Thank you.
    (Texas, USA)


    Hello, thank you for your emotional message….so thankful we have Christ to help pick up the pieces and gives us strength.
    God bless.


    Losing one’s mother is such a huge loss, Julie. Thanks for sharing and reminding us of God’s love in difficult times, and for us to share it with others. Prayers and blessings to you.


    Dear Julie,
    Thank you for sharing your sorrow and blessing with us. And how blessed you are that your aunt sent you a “blob,” of love glue. I appreciate your devotional and I am touched by it.


    Thank you, Julie, for a good word today.
    Be blessed with loving thoughts of prayer from me to you. May your grief be tempered by His presence at work in your life today.
    Blessings.


    Good morning, Julie
    Thank you for your encouraging words. There are times when things just don’t go according to our plan and then the love of others and certainly the love of God supports us. May His blessing be upon you and yours.


    Greetings Julie and many thanks for this very positive and reassuring devotional today. Truly when we show and share with others the kind of love that we receive from Christ, joy is experienced by all. The world would be a better place for sure with a greater spread of love and kindness. Blessings for your writing.


    Good Morning! Thank you for your devotional with its visual of a blob of love. I must remember your aunt’s answer to you. She sounds like a very special person to know.
    I look forward to more of your teachings for life.
    Blessings!
    (ON)


    Julie! …loved this Daily Devotional!
    I remembered breaking one of a set of two glasses, cheap souvenirs, but nonetheless treasured.
    I remembered accidentally breaking a favourite coffee cup of my husband’s.
    Your story brought these regrettable incidents to mind.
    On the other hand, the “blobs” of love balanced the memories, and the scripture verses were healing balms!
    Most of all, dear Julie, it was short, which seemed to intensify the message. Hope to read more devotionals from you soon!
    (BC)


    Good morning, Julie,
    God blessed you with a loving aunt how knew just what you needed at this sad time in your life – a blob of glue. The passing of our parents is a very difficult time and most words don’t really help us heal. Your aunt did not send you sentimental words but an action to begin the healing process, which of course, takes a lifetime.
    Reaching out to help others who might need that “blob” of God’s love is so important to our own healing. We sometimes don’t remember this, and you have given us a poignant reminder of why Jesus died for us on the cross.
    Thank you for sharing and may we all remember to pass on a “blob of love” to others and to ourselves. Blessings.


    Lovely to hear your ‘voice’ again and with such a beautiful message.


    Oh Julie, I sure identified with the shattered mug and heart! Yesterday would have been our anniversary and I found myself quite teary. As I sat here having a bit of supper, I picked up my favourite glass (which we received as a wedding gift) and it slipped out of my hand, fell to the floor shattering the glass! Yes, my heart was breaking all over again!
    I also quite agree with you that God’s timing is always right. I believe, as Scripture indicates, that our days are numbered. I have accepted that God knows best. I don’t know what might have been ahead for him that might have been far worse. I just trust God and accept the reality. Certainly I would have loved longer time with him here but God knows best and is in control!
    Thanks for the challenge.
    Blessings to you and thanks for sharing!

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