Pause + Pray

A Broken and Contrite Heart


“Mystery surrounds every deep experience of the human heart.” In prayer we often come face-to-face with our own mysterious reality. It might leave us feeling breathless or empty. But in prayer, may we be comforted that we are bringing to God more than just our words; we are bringing to God our hearts. A “broken and contrite heart” (Psalm 51:17) might actually be the beginning of prayer, not the end. God is vast and compassionate enough to hold this mystery tenderly.


On days when I don’t have words to pray
I trust you hold my heart in your tender, loving hands.
I trust you see every detail—
every crack, every shard, every gap—
in this brokenness I carry.
I trust you receive this dark mystery
that I struggle to contain or explain.
I have no words, yet my heart is yours.


What within your heart or life feels like “too much” to surrender to God? You might struggle to explain the darkness you carry, but instead of getting frustrated in not being able to find the words, instead close your eyes and imagine yourself humbly handing your heart to God.



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