healing: from broken shards to restful heart

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“The wound is the place where the Light enters you.” ― Rumi


it’s a mystery
all I had to offer you
was broken shards
you made it a thing of beauty
a shimmering stained glass

now it reflects
the light of your presence
hidden deep within
this life of mine is hid in Christ
because I trust in him

sometimes I sense
a pricking of the pieces
in my heart
where your healing takes place
though incomplete in parts

at times like that
I am apt to hurt, forget
this mending process
is ongoing and prolonged
it can take years and years

but if I stay calm
and trust in change itself
the rest will come
trailing your peace and joy
just as darkness yields to sun
© joylenton

Healing is a process. It’s also a mystery as God takes our brokenness, our shattered shards, and turns them into something of great worth. Beauty can arise from the ashes of our lives if we turn to and trust in Jesus Christ. He will freely give us His rest and peace in exchange for our problems and pain.

healing - True Healing quote by John M Sheehan @poetryjoy.com

“The church is not a select circle of the immaculate, but a home where the outcast may come in. It is not a palace with gate attendants and challenging sentinels along the entrance-ways holding off at arm’s-length the stranger, but rather a hospital where the broken-hearted may be healed, and where all the weary and troubled may find rest and take counsel together.” ― James H. Aughey

healing - circle of stained glass - cross in the background poem excerpt (C) joylenton @poetryjoy.com

“People start to heal the moment they feel heard.” ― Cheryl Richardson

6 thoughts on “healing: from broken shards to restful heart

  1. Dear Joy,
    Being able to see the sunrise over the ocean each morning for a few days brings awe and peace at the same time …. healing continues. Thank you once again for the lovely heart filling poetry. With love, Jenny

    • Dear Jenny, what a beautiful way to start the day! It must be lovely to see the sun rising over the ocean, absorb the peace and quiet, and appreciate the awe of such a marvellous sight. Perhaps it also makes feel like you, too, are bathed in peace and washed in grace, readied for a new day. I’m sometimes awake at dawn but never feel alert enough to really notice it because my body craves more sleep and rest. We don’t have a scenic view to make it worthwhile either. But I’m so glad to hear you do! Blessings and love. xo 💜

  2. This reminded me of Leonard Cohen’s Anthem.

    Ring the bells (ring the bells) that still can ring
    Forget your perfect offering
    There is a crack in everything (there is a crack in everything)
    That’s how the light gets in

    • Michael, I’m honoured you can see a link to Leonard Cohen’s masterful poetic words, maybe through Rumi’s here as well. I love that refrain. It’s inspired many a poet since he wrote it, including me, although it wasn’t actually on my mind at the time I composed this post. 😉💜

  3. Dear Joy,
    Your words and thoughts are so beautiful, and so timely for me. Earlier today, another friend sent me a photo of the sun shining in through the stained glass window in her home, along with words about God’s light shining through brokenness. Truly HE knows how to direct our thoughts to His praise. He looks at us so differently than we see ourselves. May I allow Him to change my perspective too, and to see the beauty shining through the broken areas of my own life. Thank you for sharing the precious and beautiful poetry that He gifts you, dear friend. Love, hugs, and prayers for you across the sea!

    • Dear Bettie, I’m sorry for the delay in responding here. Sleep intervened, as did our dodgy internet, unfortunately. Today’s connection isn’t much better either. But my heart rejoices to hear that these words are timely for you. It’s encouraging when God highlights a message He wants us to receive by emphasising it in more than one way or place. I hope and pray you can begin to see yourself as a shining, grace-filled light for Christ. A wonderful wounded healer who has a tender praying heart full of love and compassion for others. And a beloved daughter of God who He calls infinitely precious and who He longs to spend quality time with. I see that beauty in you too, as do many others I am sure. If my words have helped you even a little bit along that path then I am happy and grateful. Much love, hugs and prayers to you, dear heart-sister and cherished friend. xoxo 💜

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