Is it possible to mend after we have been deeply broken? And is there anyone out there who can assist? In all our different troubles, we have all probably prayed the same prayer: ‘God, help me.’ I constantly did and still do in the griefs I have faced.
Thankfully, God can. He comforts us and helps us grow strong. He enables us overcome the heart consequences our troubles will cause.
In the book of Isaiah, God calls out seven double imperatives to a broken Jerusalem. He wants to get her attention. And he wants ours. His seven calls are for us as well, because despite our circumstances, we can live with hope. We can still live whole with God.
In Isaiah 61:3, God promises to ‘provide for those who grieve in Zion – to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning’. As each of us stays close to God, we too can receive his crown of beauty, his comfort and restoration. And, we can pass on this same hope to others.
Published in May, 2023