Discipleship for the Brokenhearted

Broken heart
Broken heart

“Ring the bells that still can ring

Forget your perfect offering.

There is a crack in everything.

That’s how the light gets in.”

 –Leonard Cohen, Anthem

“A crack in everything.” As a broken person I appreciate hearing the wisdom of this particular poet. I am intensely aware of being very different then others. I worked my way through college frying donuts and it was a challenge. After about six months my boss was telling everyone that, “Bryan is one of the most eccentric people I have ever met.”

I was not trying to be odd, or eccentric. I was taking “Greek” at the time and knew that eccentric was a contraction (of ek, meaning “off, or the one side,” and “centros,” meaning, “center”). He was basically saying that I was “off centered”. That really troubled me because I always felt like I was a very well-balanced person and fit in.

The above poem tells us certain things, it holds a simple truth. First, there are bells that can’t be used, they don’t work anymore. Second, we need to “get real” and to understand that “a perfect offering” is beyond our capability.

Maybe 20 years ago idealism would’ve carried the day for us. But, as we get older, we have figured out a thing or two, but by the time you turn 50, you start carrying a total other awareness of things. By then we see the cracks in everything, nothing has gone by untouched, or unscathed.

But the poet states a paradoxical truth, “that’s how the light gets in.” To learn this is to turbocharge your recovery. It takes your recognition of the reality of being a broken person. It also summons up a discernment of how we must grow spiritually.

I find that the broken, weak, burned-out people are closer to the Kingdom then the strong, suave and gifted. This is an incredible truth, we must see our brokenness is in all the right places. You see, that is how the light gets in.

“The Lord is close to the brokenhearted;
    he rescues those whose spirits are crushed.”

Psalm 34:18

ybic, Bryan




Author: Pastor Bryan Lowe

A repentant rascal with definite issues, but who is seeking to be authentic in his faith to Jesus Christ. An avid reader and a hopeful writer. Husband and father. A pastor and Bible teacher. A brain tumor survivor. Diagnosed with clinical depression, and now disabled. Enjoys life, such as it is, in Alask.a (Actually I have it pretty good.)

3 thoughts on “Discipleship for the Brokenhearted”

  1. Thank you Bryan you repentant rascal, I loved where your wrote, “We must see our brokenness is in all the right places.” I didn’t feel that way way a few years ago when the love of my life and husband of 20 years left me, and all the brutal collateral damage that is attached. The damage to my children was horrendous. Bryan, I can only understand what you wrote years later…for those in the depth of despair I won’t lie like people did to me and say the stupid phrase “oh, things will get better.” For me they got worse for a time, but thankfully life changes. God made a way for me to endure. I was broken in all the right places because that brokenness brought me closer to God. The grief and pain still comes in waves, just far less frequent now. I’ve learned to trust God more and paddle stronger. Life got better because I didn’t quit.


  2. Please help me to understand that we , broken, weak,burned-out people, that we are closer to the kindom, when I just find that my life is completly worthless, full of pain inside of me, feeling so empty and lost inside.Its just horrible what is going on in my head. Well I could say It like this
    My Dr just told me that there are times, that I am not In reality at all. I ´m just not there, whatever they say, nothing works!
    I ´ve lost so much hope but I still love my JESUS!
    Bye! Tina🌻


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