1.19.2014

Even When You're Broken



I still remember the way I wept the first time I heard this song; it was during my first week of EFY last summer. As I watched a beautiful slideshow of pictures of the Savior - with His hands outstretched - along with these powerful words, I could not hold back my emotions. The spirit rested on my heart and confirmed to me that this message of hope is so, very true. Today, as I was driving to an appointment to receive a new calling, I had the thought to plug in the ol' iPhone and listen to it again. It resonated with me just as much now as it did the first time I heard it. Maybe even more.   

Even when you're broken, He's [going to] love you.

No matter how broken you feel, your Savior's love is never, ever gone. It's not even slightly diminished.

While listening to this song, I thought of some of my own recent experiences, and how the Savior has quite literally carried me through them. I have been lifted and strengthened through things that, in the midst of it all, I never thought I could survive.  

I then thought of a sweet, dear friend who called me last week, nearly in tears -- broken, lost. Lost because she had made a mistake, and she {or the adversary, rather} had herself convinced there was no way to come back from it. She thought she didn't deserve that love anymore. 

I'm here to tell you, just as I told her in that phone call, that I know that no matter what you've done, no matter what you're going through, those thoughts could not be further from the truth. It's easy to believe all hope is lost when we've strayed off the path. In fact, Satan wants us to believe that, so he can keep us as far from the path as possible. But the Savior suffered for every single one of our sins, weaknesses, trials, and infirmities. He suffered for them so that even the most seemingly hopeless of circumstances can be rectified. If we but ask, He will lead us carefully by the hand, every step of the way, back to the path of hope. We can be sanctified. We can be whole again.

You can tell Him anything, 
whatever you've done;
Cause even when you're broken
YOU ARE LOVED.

Because of and through The Savior, we can come back fully cleansed of not only our sins, but the guilt and sorrow that come from those sins. The hands of mercy truly can offer us new life, as if the pain of the past never even happened.

"Redemption is more than paying justice and bringing everyone back to God. It is mercifully giving us the opportunity of being comfortable there.  Not only can we go home, we can also feel at home."
[-Brad Wilcox, The Continuous Atonement]

No only can we be forgiven, but we can once again feel completely at home in the presence of our Savior. What a wonderful promise!

Sometimes it's hard to make a change
(It's never easy)
Sometimes you wrestle with the shame
(Over and over again)
Through it all, His grace remains. 

Make that change. You can do it. The Savior loves you. He can and will heal you. 

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There's so much more I want to say on this topic, but my words will never do it justice. If you're looking for more, read The Continuous Atonement by Brad Wilcox. It has changed my life, and done wonders for my testimony. Happy Sunday.

1 comment:

Dallin Lewis said...

EFY was the best time of my life. I was lucky to be a counselor for 22 weeks over the years. (Some weeks were better than others.)
I'm sad that era is over - now that I'm too old to apply. :(

Thanks for sharing your week with me in Nauvoo! :)