Broken Things and Broken Bread

“But if it’s true, You use broken things then here I am Lord, I’m all Yours”

It was these song lyrics that were playing on repeat when I woke up during the middle of the night. I listened to the song again this morning and then thought about a beautiful quote from Mike Foster I recently shared again on Facebook

“I am just a broken man writing about another broken man who said 2000 years ago he deeply loves broken things.– Mike Foster

Foster’s quote made me think about the ways Jesus tells us in Scripture how he “deeply loves broken things.”  The first example that popped into my mind was the Sermon on the Mount.

God blesses those who are poor and realize their need for him,
    for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs.
God blesses those who mourn,
    for they will be comforted.
 God blesses those who are humble,
    for they will inherit the whole earth.
God blesses those who hunger and thirst for justice,
    for they will be satisfied. (Matthew 5) 

I thought about how Jesus said that it’s not the healthy that need a doctor but the sick. (Mark 2)

I thought about the prostitute who poured expensive perfume all over Jesus’ feet. The Pharisees could only see the waste while Jesus saw the wonder and beauty of a grateful heart. (Luke 7)

I thought about the lady suffering with chronic bleeding who desperately pushed through the crowd just to touch the hem of Jesus’ robe. (Mark 5)

I thought about the adulterous woman caught in the act and the stones that fell out of the condemning hands as hearts, one by one, recalled their own imperfect stories. (John 8)

I thought about Lazarus and how Jesus wept over the scene. (John 11)

I thought about the thief on the cross and the promise Jesus made to him. (Luke 23)

I thought about Peter and the crowing roosters and, then, instead of serving him a life sentence of shame, Jesus served him breakfast (John 21)

I thougth about the last supper Jesus had with his disciples before going to the cross “And he took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them…” 


“But if it’s true, You use broken things then here I am Lord, I’m all Yours”

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