Psalm 51:17 “A broken spirit is my sacrifice, God.
You won’t despise a heart, God, that is broken and crushed.”
The first Sunday of Lent this year also happens to be Valentine’s Day. For those in love, Valentine’s gifts are expected. What one receives and the plans one has to celebrate the day are the topic of much workplace conversation and Facebook reflection.
When you have a broken heart because a relationship has ended or your beloved has died, or you will be unable to spend the day with your loved one, it is hard to get through Valentine’s Day, with its emphasis on love and being part of a couple.
The verse above, quoted from Psalm 51, reminds us that God is the god of all of us, especially those whose heart is broken and crushed.
Lent is the time when we examine our lives. It is the forty-day period between Ash Wednesday and Easter when we are called to take a closer look at our lives, especially our behaviors, and repent. We are to offer our broken hearts and lives to God, praying for God to create a new heart within us.
Every year we have this opportunity to take a closer look at our spiritual lives and seek forgiveness for anything that we have said or done that separates us from God. This separation is called sin.
The good news is that God forgives us our sins. Through Christ’s sacrifice our forgiveness was accomplished.
This is our hope. Broken hearts do heal. God gives us second and third and unlimited chances to start over, to close the gap that separates us from God and one another.
On Valentine’s Day remember God loves you, especially when your heart is broken and you feel crushed. God is the lover who will never leave you and whose love is unconditional and everlasting.
Happy St. Valentine’s Day,