"Why is condemnation so quick in our veins and compassion so sluggishly slow? People don't have to be good to deserve our compassion; it's our compassion that serves good to all people. Life is not overwhelming when you simply understand how to serve in this minute. Yes, you must grow weak enough to love the world, and yet strong enough to let Christ carry your cross and all the willing world's or you will be crushed by all of it.
You may be called by Christ to be broken and given to the world, but you only become like Christ when you give your brokenness to the world. Everyone needs communion in their brokenness and Christ always comes to us showing His scars.
I hadn't known that full cruciformity looked fully like this. To give someone your broken heart means breaking pride, breaking lies, breaking fear. There's no communion unless someone breaks their ego. All along, had I've been scratching the surface of what it meant to be broken and given? How how do I not lived like the brokenness itself is a gift?
Why not embrace the life work of embracing suffering, embracing brokenness? Why avoid the gift of more God, more vulnerability, more intimacy, more communion – the gifts that brokenheartedness offers? Why had I found that terrifying to incarnate? Suffering is a call for present; it's a call for us to be present – not only to the brokenness in the world, but to the brokenness in our own soul, into risk trusting others with our weaknesses. I think that is what's terrified me – trusting others with my wounds.
If I had feared brokenness, suffering, all my life… Does that mean I have sought my own comfort more than I have sought Christ's?" #TheBrokenWay @annvoskamp