“When I’m overwhelmed . . . teach me, O Lord, how to live in awareness of your truth. Unite my heart—join the pieces together with yours—so I can see how awesome you really are . . . how compassionate, full of grace, patient, loving, kind, and faithful” (Psalm 86:7, 11-12, paraphrase).

When your heart breaks, the world expects you put the pieces in a heart-shaped box and pretend you’re fine. But God’s invitation is to join your heart to his, by acknowledging each broken part with you, then healing and transforming them in his thoughts toward you of love, joy, peace, kindness, and goodness.

I believe that’s what’s meant by the word “unite”—to put all the shards of your heart into his so you can know who he is for you, and who you are in him. Instead of seeing your circumstances from your brokenness, you see them from inside his wholeness.

Jesus, I know you deeply love everyone who has a broken heart, including those who’ve locked theirs away so long they can barely feel your presence. I pray they’d no longer be overcome by pain, lies, and fear, but transformed in your healing, truth, and grace. Join their hearts to yours until they’re as whole as your love for them. Amen.

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