“We can be brokers of healing exactly where we have known the most brokenness.”- Ann Voskamp
“I’m telling the solemn truth: Whenever you did one of these things to someone overlooked or ignored, that was me- you did it to me.”- Matthew 25:36 (The Message)
Ann Voskamp concludes Chapter 16 of The Broken Way by asserting that beauty lies in one’s fragility- not formidability. Therefore, Ann encourages, never fear broken things! They’re the beginning of greater things. Ann adds: “The best yields start as broken fields.”
As a result, God takes us into wildernesses not to abandon us or hurt us, but to spend time alone with us and speak to our hearts. When we cry in the desert, He revives us by the caress of His grace.
Furthermore, Ann describes the only way to care for your wounds. You care for your wounds by:
” . . . pressing your broken wounds into His, and finding that in Him, Him in you, you’re touching the broken wounds of all the other wounded and entering into the joy of Him — intimate communion, koinonia, with Him.”
A framed print called “Hands of Proof” hangs on the wall behind Ann’s desk. The print vividly depicts Jesus’ hand taking the hand of Thomas. Jesus directs Thomas’ hand to touch the bloody nail wound in Jesus’ other open hand.
Most noteworthy, Ann states everything in the print shows a movement of Jesus. Just as Jesus pressed Thomas’ doubt-wounds into His open wounds, Jesus offers those same wounds as a home for our wounds. In addition, Ann explains: “All healing is a movement of Christ — He’s doing it all.”
In conclusion, Ms. Voskamp states that the broken know how their broken wounds = the very thin places that reveal God. They “allow us to His safe holding hand.”
Today’s question: How might Jesus encourage downsized workers to act as brokers of healing? Please share.
Tomorrow’s blog: “A brake to save us”