I’m not sure how my words will find you when you read them, but I pray that they find you well and bring you hope and perspective.
There’s an abundance of brokenness in our world, and it resides within our friends and families, our nations, and communities. Our neighbors are often hurting and broken, but yet no one seems to notice because they are often well put together. Many hide their pain because of the criticism of others, and they often cover up with masks and garments the cracks within their surface. Functioning from a state of brokenness, they daily move about in a manner that eludes their brokenness, often hiding the fractures and scars that run so deep to their core.
Brokenness resides within our world, and it resides within many of our families and friends, nations, and communities. The question that we must ask ourselves is, ‘what are we willing to do about it’? Do we continue to act as though the challenges of a broken society affect some and not us all, and do we also continue to act as though we ourselves have not or will not ever be affected by brokenness? I can assure you that brokenness has an agenda in each and every one of our lives, and if we do not become intentional about the repairs and restoration that are necessary, it will only bring further harm to the generations to come. One can choose to laugh, gossip, and be a spectator, or one can choose to be someone who makes a difference.
How will you help your neighbor, Dear Reader? I pray that you will be the latter – one who chooses to make a difference, because our world truly needs those who are different. Now let us “pray for one another, that [we all] may be healed and restored; [for the heartfelt and persistent prayer of a righteous believer can accomplish much [when put into action and made effective by God – it is dynamic and can have tremendous power]” (ref. James 5:16b-c AMP). Dear Reader, let us also pray prayers of wholeness this week for the broken, that all that has been shattered would be restored, repaired, and made whole, and let us do so in the Name of the Lord, Amen.
Dear Reader, trust God even in the most difficult places, because He will see to it that you make it to the destination of His promises. I want you to know that you are not alone, and it is my prayer that this column will make you feel as though you have a place to belong and somewhere to call home.
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P.S., Yours Truly,
The Writer, Seneca Howard
About Seneca Howard
Seneca Howard is a pastor, author, mentor, and motivational speaker who inspires the lives of others through crisis ministry, counsel, and personal development.