The Answer for a Broken Heart

Take a little walk down memory lane to 1971 (if you are old enough to remember 1971).  Yep, go ahead – sing along in your head (or out loud if no one is around you) this top 40 hit from the Bee Gees :

 bee gee

“How Can You Mend A Broken Heart?”

I can think of younger days when living for my life
Was everything a man could want to do.
I could never see tomorrow, but I was never told about the sorrow.

And how can you mend a broken heart?
How can you stop the rain from falling down?
How can you stop the sun from shining?
What makes the world go round?
How can you mend this broken man?
How can a loser ever win?
Please help me mend my broken heart and let me live again.

I can still feel the breeze that rustles through the trees
And misty memories of days gone by
We could never see tomorrow, no one said a word about the sorrow.

 And how can you mend a broken heart?
How can you stop the rain from falling down?
How can you stop the sun from shining?
What makes the world go round?
How can you mend this broken man?
How can a loser ever win?
Please help me mend my broken heart and let me live again.

As you sing along in your head, ponder this:  do I sound like Barry Gibb?  (Just kidding – only Justin Timberlake can really do him justice).  Seriously, ask yourself to whom are the Gibbs brothers singing?  From whom do they ask for help?  And then notice this:  they never answer the question the pose in the first line:  How can you mend a broken heart?

The February edition of Real Simple magazine asked the same question (it should not surprise any of you that I have a subscription AND that I read it cover to cover.  It’s right up a scheduling, organizing freak’s alley) and printed responses from readers.  Answers ranged from read a good book, to go out with friends, to sit at home, play sad love songs and cry it out.

Sadly, neither the Bee Gees or the Real Simple readers came up with the right answer.  (And it isn’t time either, BTW – time alone doesn’t heal all wounds.)  Truly the only way to mend a broken heart is to allow Jesus in there in the first place so that He can heal the brokenness.  The Bee Gee’s desperate cry for help (“and let me live again”) can only be answered when you have Jesus in your soul, working like a top-notch surgeon delicately reconstructing the broken pieces of your heart.  Only then you can experience a life full of joy, hope and healing.

Accepting Christ into your heart doesn’t mean you will never experience heart ache, but it does mean you serve a living God who “heals the broken hearted and binds up their wounds.”  (Psalm 147:3)  So if you are hurting today and experiencing heartache (which we all do from time to time), know that the answer to mending your heart is the peace and comfort that only Jesus can provide.

“He is near to those who have a broken heart and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” (Psalm 34:18)

Jesus + Time = A mended heart
Leigh

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