When I was part of a church trip to Cambodia in 2003 a highlight was our morning devotions with Cambodian workers at the Sunshine Centre near the Russian Market. Each day someone would share their testimony. While we all expected tragic circumstances when the locals shared their stories they were shocked when we shared ours. I think they were shocked to hear that people from an affluent society such as Australia weren’t insulated from the difficulties that the world can throw our way.
Brokenness is universal
The woman who did my nails was outgoing and easy to talk to. 33 years old and looked just like Kate Hudson- she was beautiful. Yet the more we talked the more her eyes revealed her pain and brokenness. She’s been a mom since 17- absolutely loves her kids, but never had a chance to really grow up herself. She said several times that she would have loved to travel the world… one day she hopes. She is unhappy in her marriage but wants her 5 year old daughter to have her daddy… she longs for freedom and independance. She longs for someone she can fully trust and depend on…
effort. What have you got that’s any different from anybody else? We’re
all broken (for an example, check out this post where nearly 100 people apologize to God).
Where do you feel most broken? What would keep you from sharing your brokenness and helping them see they’re not alone?
Love this, thank you. See you on Saturday!
Thanks Seth. There is community in brokenness but not outside of those places where everyone is broken at the foot of the cross. Leper colonies have more community than many churches do. Love you friend. Always….