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Brokenness Restored

Last night at the concert, I kept noticing the family in front of me. The entire time either the mother or father had their arms around the teenage daughter. There was such love in that family. Coming from a broken family, that image always brings up mixed emotions for me. Through the image of this family, the words spoken, and a memory, God did something in my heart.
Earlier this year I graded essays for the academic team. The prompt was to argue whether the media should adjust their image of the modern family due to the large variety of family types. Most students argued that media should represent more broken, single parent, or same sex families, but one student argued that the media should portray a solid family with a mother, father, and kids because we shouldn’t portray something less that what God intended. I recognize that brokenness in families exists because of sin, but I think that student had a point to make in that God intended families to be a certain way.
Towards the end of the concert the band manager came to the stage and spoke of how he felt God leading him to pray for the families in the room who were breaking or hurting for one reason or another. As I prayed for the broken families at the concert, God began to shift my perspective just a bit on the “perfect” family in front of me. The pain and jealousy eased, and I felt hope. Families that represent God’s plan still exist. Brokenness will still happen as long as sin still reigns in hearts, but there’s hope that God can produce and mend whole and perfect families.


2 thoughts on “Brokenness Restored

  1. Coming from broken families ourselves, Jonathan and I agreed early in our marriage (really before we were married) that broken was not what we wanted for our family and kids. Then as we began to minister to kids, the idea of living the way God intended became even more important to us because so many of our students have a jaded view of what marriage and family look like. We have prayed to be a real example of God’s love through family to those students. That’s not to say that it’s easy; it’s not. But, the fight for a Godly Family is a fight that is worth fighting for. So, on behalf of the family in front of you last night, thank you for praying for and as a result strengthening those families!


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