The Bruised Reed

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The Bruised Reed

We all have times when we feel bruised and broken; when our spirits are low or we feel like we have failed. We feel like we cannot take one more negative thing, one more defeat, one more let-down. We feel lost and alone, and we question how or when things will turn around. During these times, reach out to God! He is on your side. The Prophet Isaiah tells us that “a bruised reed he will not break” (Isaiah 42:3).

When we are a bruised reed is when we should seek God for help, direction, comfort, and strength. When you feel broken, ask God to reassure you of his promises and the purpose of your life. Even in brokenness, we need to trust that God is still working in our lives. We might not notice it or feel it, but it is true!

We can be assured that we are not rejected in our brokenness nor will we be abandoned or further battered. Jesus brings mercy and healing. He called the poor in spirit blessed (Matthew 5:3) and bid all those who are tired and burdened to rest in him (Matthew 11:28). When we are bruised our main work is to never give up. We are to “be strong” and let our “hearts be courageous” and put our “hope in the Lord” (Psalm 31:24). Jesus only wants us to come closer to Him so that He can heal us, renew us, and bring us new life!


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–St. Benedict of Nursia, The Rule of Saint Benedict