certainly wrung. possibly broken. the truest of all men was the Man of Sorrows1, who was certainly wrung, definitely broken for us. c. s. lewis says that “to love at all is to be vulnerable. love anything, and your heart will certainly be wrung and possibly broken.”2 how selflessly He gave of Himself, being wrung and broken for us. but to take this for ourselves, to personalize, embrace, and let it beat through our hearts is a tragically beautiful thing. “life is a lot of things. our hearts are heavy and light.”3 like paul’s “sorrowful, yet always rejoicing”4, anyone who feels understands this paradox.

the truth is, this is life and you are living. i’m glad. i’m glad to be living, and i’m glad you’re alive. i am wrung and i am broken for you, because i love you. imperfectly, but truly. And there is One who loves you more, who lived love by laying down his life for you.5 this is, as jamie says,6 an attempt to move you. your story is important. your life matters. you are not the only one who hurts. you are not the only one with questions. you are not the only one who dreams. you are not alone. we are all people in need—people in need of other people. hope is real and help is possible because of Jesus.