“At the sight of them, his heart broke—like sheep with no shepherd they were. He went right to work teaching them.” Mark 6:34 (The Message Bible)
Who could watch the TV news reports about the heinous shooting spree at the movie theater in Colorado without feeling like Jesus with a broken heart? Who can see a barefoot, dirty child unsupervised by a parent strung out on drugs or alcohol and not want to grab that child, take it home, and give it a bath, good food, and lots of hugs and kisses? Who doesn’t get a broken heart over a broken marriage or a loved one lying in a hospice center during the prime of his or her life?
God made our hearts fragile so that we can feel the pain of others when they are hurting. In the scripture above, Jesus set the example for how we are to respond to a broken heart: Do something! Get involved in whatever way possible. In the case of the families and moviegoers recovering from wounds or a broken heart, all we can do is pray that they will find some kind of peace in the midst of all the sadness and anger.
Dear Lord, let our broken hearts becomes vessels for love and hope. Amen.