The Lord is close to the brokenhearted.

The Lord is close to the brokenhearted. How much that psalm response resonated with me today. For many reasons, my heart feels a little broken. Stuck at home, I cannot see people I often took for granted when I could.

Then I think of all those whose lives have really been upended. Kids who are not in school, and some who will not be for the rest of the school year. Kids who have missed milestones in their lives.

I think of doctors, nurses, EMTs, medical workers. I think of those who must work during this time, risking their lives during this pandemic.  I think of teachers who have had little time in preparing to teach in a radically new way. I think of those who suffer with depression who may feel even more isolated than before.

But mostly, I think of the poor. As in every crisis, they suffer the most. I think of those in refugee camps, with little chance to sanitize or wash their hands. I think of the homeless, and how increased is their vulnerability.

But then I think of the response to today’s psalm, and I know, O God, how close you are and how much you love me.

Let us pray.  

Dear Jesus, We are living in a real Lent. This pandemic is a time of brokenness. But we are assured that you are close to us when we are broken. Heal our brokenness and end this pandemic. We make this prayer in the name of Jesus. Amen.

Music: Cheezy Piano Medley by Alexander Nakarada



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