Dealing with a Broken Heart
You are not alone—AA Slogan
I feel so broken and despondent.
My body writhes in despair,
Consumed with pain and anguish,
And I have a sense of hopelessness,
Which I fear will overwhelm me.
When will it ever end?
I wander aimlessly, without purpose,
Without understanding—devoid of joy,
Which was once mine in abundance.
My grief is ever before me,
Reminding me of my loss,
Robbing me of sleep,
Increasing my sorrow,
Telling me that I have failed.
Others console me by saying,
“It’s all for a purpose.”
My friends want to fix me
And lift the grief from my heart.
But they can’t; nothing seems to help.
Nothing seems to ease my pain—nothing at all.
I can pretend to comprehend, to understand,
And to grasp the lesson I am being taught,
But I don’t. I don’t understand at all.
My heart is broken, perhaps beyond repair,
And I fear that it will never mend.
I may never laugh or be joyful again.
In my despair and hopelessness,
I cry to You, begging for relief.
You hear, but You do not answer.
I beseech You, moaning and whining,
But You allow my pain to continue,
Each day—long into the night.
Rescue me Lord; rescue me quickly.
Put Your healing hand on my broken heart,
And make me whole once again.
Teach me my lesson so that
I need never repeat it again.
Take that which is broken and shattered
And mend it so completely that it will
Be whole and more resilient than ever.
Make my sadness become a distant memory.
Strengthen me so that I may
Bless Your name with gladness,
My soul has been rejected from peace; I have forgotten happiness. So I say, “My strength has perished, and so has my hope from the Lord.” Remember my affliction and my wandering, the wormwood and bitterness. Surely my soul remembers and is bowed down within me. This I recall to my mind, therefore I have hope. The Lord’s lovingkindnesses indeed never cease, for His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is Thy faithfulness. (Lamentations 3:17-23)