Beauty in brokenness

Welcome to Five Minute Friday, a great creative exercise which yields surprising richness in a short space of time.

This is where we write from the heart as words pour out as water, spilling on to the page with no worry about over-thinking or perfection.

Today’s prompt is:‘Broken’


Broken Image

Seeing a mirror image
flawed, imperfect
drowning in brokenness
where we see cracks
 you see courage
where we see flaws
you see a flood of forgiveness
where we see holes
you see opportunities to fill
our woundedness 
mirroring your own
as you took human flesh
our brokenness 
like your body
pierced and torn
wearing our darkness
corruption within
and now we lift eyes 
still hesitant to view
ourselves afresh in you
for you see 
beauty in ashes
hope in despair
joy in grief
through pain
and you bring 
of all we have lost
broken lives
minds and bodies
can be healed 
and made new
let love embrace
let grace repair
all broken places
we despair of 
ever being mended
seeing in the glass 
darkly here
until you lift the veil
reveal the glory
your light within
make us whole again
let us know that
renewal, hope
and healing is here
if we only look
away from ourselves
and up to you
the Mirror 
of our wholeness


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24 thoughts on “Beauty in brokenness”

  1. Dear Joy,
    You are a gifted poet. This is the best FmF post I have ever read. May I copy your poem in my Journal? The part that resonated with me is…

    for you see
    beauty in ashes
    hope in despair
    joy in grief…

    You wrote this for me too. Thank you.

    1. Patricia, you are too kind – and probably haven't read many FMF posts yet! Thank you so much for the compliment. Please feel free to take from this whatever has blessed you. I'm delighted that you found it resonating in your own heart.

  2. Hi Joy
    Your poem has stirred my heart deeply. I know we often feel that we will never ever have a new healthy body, but that is not true. Our Lord has made full provision for one day when we are with Him, we will have no more pain or exhaustion.
    Much love XX

    1. It's hard to believe in the healing sometimes, isn't it? Thankfully, God has "made full provision" as you so rightly say, Mia. And we can look forward to the day when "we will have no more pain or exhaustion" because all sickness and suffering will be things of the past. Praise God!

    1. It sounds straightforward doesn't it? But how hard we can find it to do in practice. Once we have a better revelation of who we are in Christ then seeing in that way becomes possible. Thank you very much for sharing your thoughts here, Caryn.

  3. This is my favorite read on your blog yet :). Just like all the others are saying, it was really beautiful. This poem belongs in a book for sure my friend! 🙂 I love your twist on this word and the way you used Christ as our mirror image of wholeness. xoxo

  4. Joy. I too was struck by the beauty of this poem. I was just thinking of this today in church as our pastor was talking about God filling in the gaps. And as I stood there slightly anxious, as I am at times, about my place in our church community, I thought 'I am made by you'. I thought 'I will always be enough, I am free to be myself, because 'all of me' was made by you and I am good enough for you, so I am good enough! Thank you for your words. I will check out some more of your wonderful writing.

    1. Ana Lisa, it is hard to remember and believe, but God is teaching me that we are always enough because He is enough and our identity is found in Christ alone, not in our own self estimation. Though we have times of fragility, feeling less than able, being weary and worn out, God still loves us extravagantly and sees us as precious in His sight. Each part of the Body is vital and important. Your role is special and unique. We are all made stronger by the contribution and encouragement of our brothers and sisters in the faith.
      I am so grateful you stopped by to read this. It's lovely to have made a new writer/poet friend! I will check out more of your wonderful work too. Bless you 🙂 xx

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