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Broken
By josh
12/13/2006 11:46:14 AM
Derek's blog about "Poor in spirit" got me thinking, and I replied and wrote a little about the concept of being "broken." I wanted to write a little more. This year for our ward Christmas party we invited Cori Connors to perform. She is an LDS artist that my wife and I really like. She has a really nice Christmas album called "Sleepy Little Town" that was the theme of our Christmas party. (See http://www.coriconnors.com for more info on her - I have no affiliation to her, but there's a little plug anyway...)

Anyway, it was a really nice evening, and at the end we bought another of her albums, "Pontiac Rocket." When I got home I put it in and listened. The first song was entitled, "Broken" and it really touched me. It's not near as moving just reading the lyrics without the music, but here are the lyrics:

It was made out of clay
It was shaped like a heart
And "I Love You" was written inside
But I fell after school
And the gift broke apart
So she gathered it up while I cried
And I watched as my mother pieced it together
Said she just might like it better this way

(Chorus)
Broken clouds give us rain
Broken ground opens up and lets it in
Broken seeds growing wheat
Make the bread that we break and eat
So much good can be grown
from what has been broken.

By the light of the moon
He kissed me goodnight
And I looked up and wished on a star
Oh, he swept me away,
Then he shattered my heart
So she gathered me up in her arms
Said, "You won't believe this
But someday you'll see this
And be thankful it happened this way"

Broken clouds give us rain
Broken ground opens up and lets it in
Broken seeds growing wheat
Make the bread the we break and eat
So much good can be grown
From what has been broken

Sure as the stars above
I found a truer love
And made him my own
He was at my side
The day the angels cried
And carried her home

Broken clouds gave us rain
Broken ground opened up
And welcomed her in
Broken seeds growing wheat
Make the bread that we break and eat
So much good has been grown
From what has been broken

This song is about the relationship of a mother and daughter, but it made me think about my relationship with the Savior. Of course he doesn't want me to sin, but he understands that I am broken. And while I may not be "thankful it happened this way" referring to my sins, I am thankful for repentance, and for His forgiveness. As I look down the list of members to the right of these comments, I see names (or nicknames) of a bunch of broken people - people who've sinned, and people who've been hurt by those sins. People with other addictions, people with depression, people with challenges, weaknesses, and afflictions. But I also see names of people who are healing, people who are repenting, people who are forgiving, people who are strengthening and deepening their marriage and commitment. Perhaps most importantly, I see a list of people whom God loves individually. I hope this season all of us can feel that love as we contemplate the ultimate gift, and the ultimate expression of God's love for us made manifest in flesh - the gift of His Son, the Healer of all who are broken.

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General Conference May 1990