Wednesday, March 16, 2011

a heart that breaks

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I’ve been asking Him for a heart that breaks for what breaks His. 

I’ve been asking to be stretched and expanded to know more of His heart for this aching world. 

I’ve been asking Him to show me how to care without limit…to empathize with the grieving everywhere.

Then, I heard about and started to read ‘Half the Sky.  It is tearing me up and yet, this is how He is expanding my heart.  These horrific yet hopeful stories and statistics of what women endure are more than I can humanly bear.  I need His heart.  I want His heart.  I refuse to stop reading and pretend I don’t know.

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Consciousness has come and BY HIS GRACE I won’t turn back, but will seek increasingly to see Him be lifted up and that beautiful vision of Isaiah 58 be realized as His Church awakes, rises and shines His light where there’s only been darkness:

6 “Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen:
to loose the chains of injustice
   and untie the cords of the yoke,
to set the oppressed free
   and break every yoke?
7 Is it not to share your food with the hungry
   and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter—
when you see the naked, to clothe them,
   and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood?
8 Then your light will break forth like the dawn,
   and your healing will quickly appear;
then your righteousness will go before you,
   and the glory of the LORD will be your rear guard.

And then the earthquake and tsunami’s happen in Japan.  And I am overwhelmed with whole towns  washed away and I already carry a burden for the people we are preparing to live among.

But yet, some-beautiful-how ‘His yoke is easy and burden is light’.  I do not have to fear where His heart will take me because it will take me to Him.  His heart.  for the world.  for me.  The Author of Redemption promises to have all brokenness of heart lead me to Him where I can find rest for weariness—true rest.  The Amplified Bible calls this yoke ‘wholesome’.  That is amazing…Asking Him for His heart actually makes me whole.  I am made to bear His image.  Have His heart. 

And though it breaks it is not brittle, but the blood that is poured is actually healing me…mystery and miracle.

‘Precious Lord, the needs of this whole wide world are overwhelming and yet, you ask that we know Your heart and that we become like You.  You ask us to seek Your Heart and abide within it.  Show me how to run fully and richly in the wildness of Your Heart that breaks for an aching world and yet holds infinite rest.  This is the mystery of how to ‘run and not grow faint’ and this truly-live miracle only You can do and I boldly ask for just that.  For Your Glory, Amen.’

Sharing this breaking heart with Emily’s beautifully imperfect community:

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  1. It might be a breaking heart - don't know - but I do know this - it's clearly a "God" heart. Your words were good for me to read today. God bless.

  2. I echo your prayers.

  3. may he break all our hearts to His...

  4. I think many have hearts that break the same. Just as long ago, it isn't easy to demonstrate.

  5. In this beautifully imperfect world we need more prayers like this. Lifting my heart with yours.

  6. Those verses from Isaiah you quoted... that really is the message I want the women of the world to hear. They need to hear it, they are just looking for some love and hope that there is something exciting out there to look forward to. This is so my heart. I hope you make it to the end of the book with some hope!

  7. Thanks, Abby ... so good to read. I especially liked, "I do not have to fear where His heart will take me because it will take me to Him".

  8. This is tough heart stuff, Amy. Thanks for sharing it.

  9. Sorry, Abby, I am up way to early this morning and haven't had any coffee yet :). I just called you Amy and clicked the send button too quickly.


  10. That's ok Glenda. I thought maybe you mixed me up with Amy Sullivan...and Amy is my most common misnomer;) Thanks for stopping by so early, equally fondly, Abby:)

  11. i love your beautiful heart, friend... and btw, are you and your husband involved with IJM? would love to hear more, when you have time. xo

  12. OH I love this! I've been praying these type prayers too and I got half the sky about a year ago too! It is extraordinary.
    Bless you friend!

  13. Theresa@HeavenlyGlimpsesMarch 20, 2011 at 7:17 AM

    Abby, wow...that's

  14. i get this. i prayed that prayer a couple years ago, on a humid north carolina summer night. and he broke me. repeatedly. through the earth shaking in haiti and in a tilting slum in nairobi, my heart tore irrevocably. these past few months, a different prayer has escaped from my heart - a plea for me to become broken about the things unseen in my own life. talk about catapulting yourself into brokenness. but yet, He's there. in the dark places. weaving me back together & healing me in a way that brings Him glory.

    also: half the sky is on my to read list. right now i'm reading half the church - a book response to nick kristof's call to action at the end of his own journey. anxious to see your thoughts about it.


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