Tuesday, September 1, 2009

A Broken Heart

So I just started reading Richard Stearn's book (the president of World Vision) called "The Hole In Our Gospel". I am only through the Introduction and I can already hear the Lord speaking to me through the words on the pages. He discusses the prayer "Let my heart be broken by the things that break the heart of God". Although I've heard this and even prayed it a few times, I haven't really thought about what that looks like. Praying for a broken heart. Who wants to be brokenhearted? Generally, we pray for healing, not brokenness. But I do want my heart to be aligned with that of Christ, and his heart was certainly broken for the poor, the helpless, and the needy. What does it look like for me to be truly broken about these things? And how do I get from here to there? In a few months, I will be moving to Nicaragua to work with children living in poverty. At that time, I will be face to face with this brokenness but before I go, I have a lot to do. I'm praying that despite the other things (no matter how important they are) that often successfully distract me, God will break my heart by those things which also break his.

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