I rolled over in bed and answered the phone, unaware of the time or even what day of the week it was. I was three months pregnant with Grant and the first trimester was a trying and exhausting time for me.
“Did you see that two airplanes just flew into the World Trade Center?” Craig said.
“What?” I said and immediately turned on the TV.
To my horror, I saw smoke and fire billowing out of the towers. At first, I thought that this was just an accident, but then the reports of two separate crashed planes came out: one into the Pentagon and one into a field in Pennsylvania. This was no accident. This was an attack on America.
I watched in disbelief as both towers collapsed. In tears, I called my mom, asking the question, “What kind of world am I bringing my child into?”
I hadn’t committed my life to Christ yet, so I was not praying to God, but I was questioning Him about why He would let this happen. I was brokenhearted. Our country was brokenhearted.
Between that September 11 and March 5 (the day Grant was born), it was one heartbreak after another: my grandmother and stepson passed away, I was hospitalized twice, once for premature labor, and my marriage was in crisis. Despite all of this, one of the most memorable, cherished events in my life happened: I was baptized. I publicly confessed that I was a sinner, that Christ died on the cross for my sins, and that three days later, He rose from the grave. He then ascended into heaven to take His rightful place on the throne beside the Lord, God Almighty.
The Lord Heals the Brokenhearted
The Lord knows that we live in a broken world. He is there for us, and the Bible assures us of this in verse after verse.
In John 16:33 NIV, Jesus says, “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
Jesus has taken all our broken hearts, our suffering, our tears, and has reached down to rescue us from the deepest pits because He loves us. With every pounding of the nail into His hands and feet on the cross, our pain was His pain. It’s important that I repeat this – our pain was nailed to that cross.
I’ve been in the deepest, darkest pits. Brokenheartedness was my friend, and I thought that it would always be there, clinging to my hopeless body. But the loving hand of God and His Word mended my heart and brought me out of despair. I believe that without my relationship with Christ, I would not have gotten through those times of darkness.
Here are some verses to pray when you are heartbroken. These are the verses that I turn to when I am brokenhearted, clinging to the Lord. Trust in Him. Rely on Him. Let Him into your heart to heal you!
1. Isaiah 41:10
“Fear not, for I am with you; be not be dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
2. John 14:1
“Let your hearts not be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me.”
3. John 14:27
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.”
4. Psalm 34:18
“The LORD is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.”
5. Psalm 147:3
“He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.”
As always, please let me know how I can be praying for you!
Have a wonderful week! Remember – you are loved, and you are a child of God!