Lord Break Our Hearts

by Christine Sine

I have been thinking a lot over the last few days about ways I should be engaged in helping to alleviate the world’s suffering in pain. I always feel so inadequate in this area and my heart aches for those who live in poverty. Wrote this prayer earlier in the week

God pierce our hearts with your love,
Break them open into greater capacity,
Break them open ,
That we might hold more of the world’s suffering and joy,
That we might share more of the world’s despair and hope.
Lord break our hearts,
As we stand in the gap between what is and what could be,
Break our hearts open to a largeness that holds the possibility of a better future for all the world’s people.

and just came across this TED talk (have not had time to listen yet but I thought some of you might be interested.


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Coe Hutchison January 5, 2013 - 1:13 pm

I like the prayer, Christine, thank you. Later this month, I will be preaching on Luke 4 where Jesus reads the scroll and proclaims his mission to bring good news to the poor, release to the captives and sight to the blind. This prayer would be a great part of that sermon.

Christine Sine January 5, 2013 - 1:15 pm

Thanks Coe. It was inspired by the Parker Palmer book I am currently reading A Hidden Wholeness.

Coe Hutchison January 5, 2013 - 2:01 pm

That books was one of the books our GRACE READS reading groups read and they loved it.

Christine Sine January 5, 2013 - 8:23 pm

It is very helpful in further developing the discernment process we use at MSA

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