broken – having been fractured or damaged and no longer in one piece or working order

This world is broken.  There is so much pain in this world.  So many different ways to experience it.  Broken relationships, broken promises, broken hearts.  The human race is quite adept at finding ways to inflict pain on itself.  Lying, cheating, killing.

What’s interesting to me about pain and suffering is that we can experience it second hand.  We don’t even have to be the ones who are directly impacted by it.  To know what I mean, just turn on the news.  The Lord gifted us with empathy or the power to put ourselves in another man’s shoes.  Hearing the stories of fellow human beings who have experienced atrocious things stirs our hearts as we try to understand and make sense out of the pain.

In the information age, sometimes this is simply overwhelming.  There are so many stories.  So many people experiencing pain.  And sometimes this leads to doubt.  God, how could you?  Don’t you love us?  Don’t you want what is best for us?

There are no simple answers to these questions, though there are some that make sense.  Read The Problem of Pain by CS Lewis if you want more information.  These answers are logical and they speak to our brains.  They are helpful, but sometimes, our hearts just need to be reminded that in the end the good guys win.

Listen to this song and speech and be encouraged:
After the Last Tear Falls by Andrew Peterson