Here is a poem and song that has held my attention for some years now.
I am not sure why these particular words effect me the way they do. I can only say that it’s probably because I understand, to some degree, the deep well from which these words are drawn.
For me brokenness and worship are intertwined. These places of brokenness bring us to the cross and push us towards resurrection. This is because ‘we do not raise ourselves; we are raised’ (Peterson 2005:231).
In recognizing that we are undone (Isaiah 6:5), the pride within us can no longer be an enemy to the gracious Yes of God, in Christ (Jn.15) that stands for us (Karl Barth/St. Francis of Assisi/ Lk.10:25).
May it be so.
‘You’ve never walked in that man’s shoes or saw things through his eyes
Or stood and watched with helpless hands while the heart inside you dies
Some were poor some were kings and some were masters of the arts
But in their shame they’re all the same these men with broken hearts
So help your brother along the road no matter where he starts
For the same God that made you, made them too, these men with broken hearts’
(Hank Williams Sr.)
Video: Elvis Presley, Lost ”that the way it is” (August, 1970 – Midnight show. Lyrics and song, Joe South
Poem: Hank Williams ‘Men with broken hearts’