30 October 2013

When Your Hearts in Pieces

Tonight it seems like my heart is in pieces. Each piece spread across the world in different places where I wish I could be with friends and family.

Especially as the stress of the semester sets in, I long for my friends to be near. There is an ache in my heart that wishes I could be back in the college dorm surrounded by my closest friends who were always at arms length to comfort and encourage me. 

It has been difficult being so far away and it feels like my heart has been broken up into little pieces and spread apart. I long everyday for these pieces to be put back together again. 

The reality of it is my friends are far away. We're growing up and moving to new places with new jobs, and significant others. 

Though I know that we will ultimately be united in Heaven with Christ, tonight my heart yearns to be near them. 

This is what it must have been like for Paul and the other disciples to be apart. Deepest of friends, yet their purpose was to go their own ways on the path that God laid out for them.

I couldn't imagine the heartache of being separated in the face of persecution and death. I am blessed not to have to face that on a daily basis and my heart and prayers go out to my brothers and sisters who face death all day long, that Christ might be glorified. Those are the gatekeepers of Heaven and it will be my honor to serve them there. 

The Believers Share Their Possessions

32 All the believers were one in heart and mind. No one claimed that any of their possessions was their own, but they shared everything they had. 33 With great power the apostles continued to testify to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. And God’s grace was so powerfully at work in them all 34 that there were no needy persons among them. For from time to time those who owned land or houses sold them, brought the money from the sales 35 and put it at the apostles’ feet, and it was distributed to anyone who had need. (Acts 4)


The Great Commission

16 Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. 17 When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. 18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (Matthew 28)

When your hearts in pieces remember we have a God who can put them together. 

Psalm 147:2-4

New International Version (NIV)
The Lord builds up Jerusalem;
he gathers the exiles of Israel.
He heals the brokenhearted
and binds up their wounds.
He determines the number of the stars
and calls them each by name.

2 comments:

  1. I get the feeling! it is hard to move away form that tight knit college community! you will just have to establish a new one in this place :) ps: LOVE your new look!

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  2. your right beth. I'm doing my best. It really has been an awesome Grad-school experience so far. It's just a lot different than undergrad. Thanks! Elle and Elle designs hooked us up. But I should note that our header is designed by Katrina Illustration.

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