Tuesday, June 25 2024 - 1:14 AM
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The Broken Body

I am a Christian which means that I belong to a body of believers. There’s no way to put this nicely, but my body of believers is flawed beyond belief, so I used to pray for God to change us. I grew up in a small church where it was always exciting to be invited over to someone’s house for lunch because you knew that the meal would consist of a salad, an entree and dessert, all sprinkled with gossip. Every few months the church was rocked with news of a divorce here or an affair there or someone’s child going to prison or someone else’s child getting kicked out of school.

Years later I belonged to a 6,000-member church located in a very affluent location in Southern California. People came in their perfect cars with their perfect spouses and their 3.2 perfect children. All the outfits were designer labels, and I saw some handbags that cost more than my car.

But it was all the same:

The man in the pew next to me apologized to his wife for the 100th time for giving her that bruise under her eye. The bruise that she had tried, unsuccessfully, to cover with make up.

The accountant in the pew behind me was terrified because of the upcoming company audit. But what choice did she have, really? She was going to lose her home.

That the guy with the expensive cologne, the one who was always the life of the party: he hadn’t spoken to his father in three years.

And here I am using this platform to gossip about them all.

Broken Body

Yet, this was the body of believers I belonged to. Any way you looked at it, it was undeniable: The body was and is broken.

So I don’t pray for them anymore. Well, not in the same way. Because I know someone who knows exactly what to do with broken bodies.

You see, one day not too long ago, my Savior went up a hill and was nailed to a cross where his body was broken. And when all seemed hopeless and lost, and his torn, bruised, bloody body was placed in a tomb. Three days later this same broken body rose from the grave. Death was defeated and salvation came to the world.

So this is how I pray now, “Here we are, Lord. We are your body and we are broken. Lift us up so that the world may see your salvation. Amen.”

On hearing this, Jesus said to them, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners” (Mark 2:17, NIV).

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Jael Amador writes from New York, New York.

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About Jael Amador

Jael Amador

writes from New York, New York.

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