Saturday, August 23, 2008

To Embrace One's Brokenness...

“To embrace one’s brokenness, whatever it looks like, whatever has caused it, carries within it the possibility that one might come to embrace one’s healing, and then that one might come to the next step: to embrace another and their brokenness and their possibility for being healed. To avoid one’s brokenness its to turn ones back on the possibility that the healer might be at work here, perhaps for you, perhaps for another. It is to turn one’s back on another, one for whom you just might be the Christ, one for whom you might, even if just for a moment, become the body and the blood.”
-Robert Benson. from the book Living Prayer

2 comments:

Liz C said...

I find it no coincidence that you posted this quote from Living Prayer. One of my spiritual gifts is Mercy, and i had this epiphany the other day that in order to show mercy, i have to know what that looks like first hand, and the darkest time in my life is where God's mercy was the most. I have come through that, and my passion for people and hearing their pain and sharing in that pain with them has grown a hundred times over. This quote speaks so much truth. The beauty in brokenness isn't really the brokenness at all. it's in the healing. healing changes everything.

Amy said...

This reminds me of Henri Nouwen's book THE INNER VOICE OF LOVE. You should check it out.