Broken Lives in Search of Glue

She told me, “The man committed suicide.”

Just couldn’t live on this planet one more day.

I didn’t know him, but a knot forms in my gut while I wonder about the people in my life.

Is someone in despair? Would I recognize the signs?


I’ve talked with people who tried, without success, to help a loved one…

Change his behavior. Make her happy. Seek counseling. Point them to the Lord.

Forever haunted “If only I had done this, said that.

Haven’t we all been there?

Been the person with good intentions who knows what’s best for another person. Only the other person won’t listen!

We stand there with a tube of super glue in our hands. Looking at the mess of a person; fallen and broken. Realize that even Humpty Dumpty’s men couldn’t put him back together again.


So how do I help a human being who doesn’t care enough to—”help me help you.”

And why do I presume to have the answers for someone else when I can still see the jagged scars where I tried to super glue my own broken pieces back together?

Fact is, there’s only one answer that will help.

One Truth that endures  when we find even ourselves in quicksand because the enemy who “seeks to lie, steal, kill, and destroy” loves to…

Chip at our self-esteem. Break our spirit. Convince us.

  • “This is good as it gets!”
  • “Who cares?”
  • “What’s the point?”

Until we’re broken, and feel beyond repair………….

That one Truth—Jesus Christ—says, “Come to Me, all you who are weary and heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28)

Then true to His Word, Jesus lifts us from the pit of sin and self-defeat and does the IMPOSSIBLE.

Jesus picks up the broken pieces. Puts us back together again, and reassures us:

This isn’t as good as it gets.

 “Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.” (2 Corinthians 5:17)

Someone cares.

In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.” (1John 4:10)

Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword?” (Romans 8:35)

There is a point; an eternal purpose.

And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son…” (Romans 8:28-29)

Even when we don’t feel God’s love, or comprehend His purposes,

Even in this….fallen world filled with broken promises, broken marriages, broken lives that break our hearts…and makes us weep.

Jesus tells us to “Come, and find rest.”

Are you broken?

Is your heart breaking for someone else?

Then Come!

Author: Karen Foster

I'd like to say I've changed, but after decades of living, I still have the same four passions. My relationship with Jesus, spending time with family, attending live theater, and writing devotions & first-person stories about a loving, faithful God who reveals Himself in our every day circumstances.

11 thoughts on “Broken Lives in Search of Glue”

  1. very good – I attempted suicide – and only survived for 2 reasons – God didn’t want me to die – and there was a person who kept God in front of me so much that I was able to live on to see God’s will for me! Sure wish there were blogs back then – yours would have been a blessing to me then!


    1. Thank you for sharing your words. You blessed my heart today. And I’m praising the Lord that He used someone in your life to bring you hope when it was desperately needed. May we all be aware of the heartache around us, and be willing to reach out with God’s love and truth! >

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  2. This is beautiful and heartfelt. I love this: “And why do I presume to have the answers for someone else when I can still see the jagged scars where I tried to super glue my own broken pieces back together?” But then you give the answer, and the answer is Jesus. I’ve learned the same thing, that only He is capable of putting my broken pieces back together. It is so hard love someone who refuses to see. Peace, Linda


    1. Linda, Thank you for sharing your thoughts. I’m glad you’ve learned the same thing…that Jesus still heals broken lives. Yes, some people make it more difficult for us to love them especially when they refuse to be healed. But I was reminded in Bible study this week that Jesus also washed the feet of Judas…knowing he’d betray Him. It’s not enough that we have faith in the healing power of Jesus, believers are told to follow Jesus’ example by serving and loving others. Even the difficult ones that refuse.

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  3. It’s yet another example of taking God at His word. He seems to be reminding me of that often these days. Thanks, Karen


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