Can You See the Brokenness in Our World?

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Everyone is broken,
and in need of a Saviour,
Still our eyes are blinded
By the culture, by the lies
We can’t see that we’re filthy
We’re fallen and so dry

Above are the lyrics of a song one of my teammates shared during our devotional time. She shared it with us to remind us of how incomplete we all are as people and how much we need someone to save us. My time interning at Louisville Rescue Mission has really opened my eyes to this brokenness.

I never really viewed them as “average” homeless women, who struggle with domestic abuse or addictions, until a few weeks ago.

There are two young women who come into the shelter on a regular basis. I don’t know them too well because I have not interacted with them as much as I have interacted with the other ladies. Though they always seem to come in with sullen looks on their faces, I never really viewed them as “average” homeless women, who struggle with domestic abuse or addictions, until a few weeks ago.

A few weeks ago, they came to the shelter clearly stoned. They stumbled through the door with odd smiles on their faces. I could tell something was wrong, but it wasn’t until someone else said something that I realized they were high. I also learned that one of the women has children and has the opportunity to get out of homelessness, but she chooses not to. Instead, both of these women choose to spend their first waking hours in the shelter.

No matter how hard we try to make ourselves look good on the outside or try to live good lives, we are always going to be broken.
This whole experience really opened my eyes to the brokenness we all face in this world. Though these two women seemed like they were okay from their outside appearances, they definitely were not. They were just as broken as everyone else who comes to the shelter.

Experiencing brokenness does not only go for those who are living in homelessness, but it goes for everyone. If there was one major theme of what I learned a few weeks ago, it would be that we are all ugly people. No matter how hard we try to make ourselves look good on the outside or try to live good lives, we are always going to be broken.

Yet, there is hope for these women, and for us, as well. All of us are filthy, and it is just a part of our nature. We can try to be the most perfect people on earth, but we can never change our sinful state. That is why God sent His perfect Son, Jesus Christ, to this earth to die for us and take the punishment we deserve.

It is when we come to Christ, believe and trust in what He did for us on the cross and repent of our sins that we can be made whole.

It is when we come to Christ, believe and trust in what He did for us on the cross and repent of our sins that we can be made whole. We can experience the unconditional love Christ always has for us and experience a relationship with Him. Though these women may come in again stoned, or even looking fine, I know that they will never be truly fine until they receive the Gospel.

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