“A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for a time of adversity.” (Proverbs 17:17)



Therefore we do not lose heart. 
Though outwardly we are wasting away,
yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.
(2 Corinthians 4:16)


After being hit with a chronic illness, we may feel broken, yet we remain whole. The pieces of our lives may not fit together in the same way they did in the past, but that doesn’t mean they can’t come back together in a new way. There remains a way forward. Our futures may not be what we envisioned, but they can be worthwhile. We still have a place in this world. We can embrace what the Lord does with the pieces of our lives as He meets us where we are, then heals our hearts and leads us forward in His time and in His way.


Broken Pieces

broken pieces
and all around me.
looking for a way
to find hope,
looking for a light
to pierce the darkness of my soul.

how this will end,
how things will come together,
or if they even will.
questioning why my life fell apart,
looking for a way to emerge stronger,
longing for a new start.

broken pieces,
not making sense of it all,
for no sense is easily found.
broken pieces,
where faith and hope meet,
placing them
at my loving Lord’s feet.

to see what he makes of them,
to know if there’s a purpose in the pain,
to feel his healing touch.
that he will know
how to break through,
to reach in and restore,
and make things new.

as he takes each piece,
caresses it with love and compassion,
and lays it in place.
the pieces being transformed,
coming together,
a beautiful mosaic
that I will always treasure.



  1. Write a journal entry or poem conveying how you honestly feel about the broken pieces in your life.
  2. Can you identify a piece of your life that felt broken in the past, but now you can see the silver lining in it?
  3. Choose a Bible verse that reminds you of God’s love and compassion when you feel broken or discouraged.
Laurie Glass

Laurie Glass

Chronic Joy® Staff Writer

Laurie has a Master's Degree in Christian Counseling and is the author of Coping with ME/CFS. Many of her poems and articles have been published in print and online. She won the Open Medicine Foundation poetry contest in 2019. Laurie loves to use her gift of writing to encourage others.

The Story Told Through Our Scars

Where we’ve been fractured, we can offer empathy and compassion. Where we’ve been wounded, we can speak of hope. And where we have been ground into dust, God’s light shines bright.

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