Being broken is a circumstantial condition. We feel broken due to the culmination of our circumstances. Based on what has transpired, we feel a sense of brokenness. We even take on the state of brokenness by taking personal ownership of living shattered and fragmented lives as badges of our broken lives of torment and terror. We live as broken men and women.
I have been forgotten like one who is dead; I have become like a broken vessel. – Psalm 31:12 (ESV)
We do not have to live that way.
You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways. – Psalm 139:3 (NIV)
The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. – Psalm 34:18 (NIV)
He brought them out of darkness and the deepest gloom and broke away their chains. – Psalm 107:14 (NIV)
O LORD, truly I am your servant; I am your servant, the son of your maidservant; you have freed me from my chains. – Psalm 116:16 (NIV)
He heals the brokenhearted and bandages their wounds. – Psalm 147:3 (NLT)
I wrote Broken Pieces out of my own agony and pain. As I look back at it, I realized that what I penned in pain was not just for my own sake. I published this collection and Lamentations in the Storm as I wandered through a deep fog of misery and melancholy much like Broken Pieces. Both poetic works reveal that we do not have to live broken lives once god has set us free. These poems and prayers express the depth of life in despair and how faith can carry you through in order to endure through life’s trials.