“When a Heart Breaks”

I woke up this morning and I heard the news
I know the pain of a heartbreak;
I don’t have answers and neither do you
I know the pain of a heartbreak.
This isn’t easy, this isn’t clear
And you don’t need Jesus, till you’re here;
Then confusion and the doubts you had
Up and walk away
They walk away,
when a heart breaks.

Like the other disciples, Thomas hears the news, “The Lord is risen.” Yet unique to Thomas, he replies, “Unless I see in His hands the mark of the nails, and place my finger into the mark of the nails, and place my hand into His side, I will never believe.” For Thomas, the one believable thing about Jesus is that He was dead, crucified and buried. It is death that he could see. A study done years ago on the grieving process found that the most significant moment for grieving people is viewing the body of the deceased. It’s then, for them, that death gets real, because seeing is believing.

Thankfully for Thomas, the seeing wasn’t over. When the risen Christ appears to Thomas, He calls him by name and said, “Put your finger here, and see My hands; and put out your hand, and place it in My side. Do not disbelieve, but believe.” Thomas responds, “My Lord and my God.”

For Thomas, death meant unbelief and heartbreak. Seeing the risen Jesus meant life and hope. Today, God in His love and mercy promises the same hope for you and me: “Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book; but these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in His name” (John 20:30-31).

Today, I will…look past the disappointment of life’s heartbreaks, and pray for a deeper trust in my Lord and my God.