Inside Out- Not Meant to Stay Broken

08.26.15 | Martha Manikas-Foster

Many Christians aim to live what they consider an authentic witness to the world, and in the process are open about the raggedness of their lives. Following Jesus can be hard, and no one benefits if we pretend otherwise. But we make a mistake, according to the week’s Inside Out guest, if we make brokenness fashionable.

That’s because God “never intended that we would stay broken,” says Cynthia Ruchti, author of the new book Tattered and Mended: the Art of Healing the Wounded Soul. “He never intended that we would become satisfied with being—and remaining—wounded. In fact, that’s one of the very reasons that Jesus came . . . to make wounded people whole.”

God not only intends to repair and restore us when we are broken, Ruchti says, but He can and does makes art from the pieces of what used to be.

“There’s so much that God does—and that Jesus does within us--in that healing process that doesn’t just make us patched together, it makes this art,” she says. “And when the light shines through the art that He’s making, other people then are strengthened and made whole.”

If you are feeling broken, or if you love someone who is on the ragged edge, join us for our 19-minute conversation by clicking on the LISTEN or DOWNLOAD icon above.

Learn more about Cynthia and her books on her website.


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