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By Kevin Stevens
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You know those painful, messy, broken pieces we don't let too many people see? Yeah, those. Well, Jesus sees and knows. He knows we all have some pieces that are in need of mending. He sees and hears those bruised places calling out for His beautiful touch.
And sometimes we just need to be reminded that HE LOVES US THROUGH IT ALL. That He aches when we ache. That He weeps with us.
We don't have to pretend or perform. We don't have to try and act fine when we're really not because He already knows the truth of our scars and stories. He's already seeing us eye-to-eye and heart-to-heart.
He's already reaching for us through the grief, anger, disappointment, and fear. He's already piercing through our filters, disconnections, and vulnerabilities.
Yes, He walks right into our shambles, right into the messiness of it all, and finds us on the floor in our dark night of the soul. And He gets down and pulls us tightly into His kindness and compassion, and He lets us kick and scream and cry and let it all out.
He Knows How to Hold Us
He lets us feel our deep ache. And He feels it right along with us. He knows how to hold us in our brokenness and ashes while loving us into His beauty and grace.
Then somehow we know we really are important to Him.
Somehow we understand this gut-wrenching stuff - our suffering, heartache, trauma, sorrow, hurt, and struggle - really does matter.
We can see He loves us in our deepest, darkest lows as much as He does in our greatest, sparkling heights.
We suddenly realize He chose to step into our world, and our pain, on purpose.
We get, maybe even for the first time, He truly came for us and all of our pieces. And that changes everything.
The Lord is close to the brokenhearted; He rescues those whose spirits are crushed. Psalm 34:17 NLT