BROKEN PIECES TRANSFORMED
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.
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.
not making sense of it all,
for no sense is easily found.
where faith and hope meet,
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,
a beautiful mosaic
that I will always treasure.
- Write a journal entry or poem conveying how you honestly feel about the broken pieces in your life.
- Can you identify a piece of your life that felt broken in the past, but now you can see the silver lining in it?
- Choose a Bible verse that reminds you of God’s love and compassion when you feel broken or discouraged.
Chronic Joy Contributing Writer
Laurie has a Master's Degree in Christian Counseling. She is the author of Coping with ME/CFS and has had many poems and articles published in both print and online publications. In addition, she won the Open Medicine Foundation poetry contest in 2019. Laurie loves to use her gift of writing to encourage others.
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