I don’t know how things are for you right now, but I know that for some people, they feel battered and bruised, beaten and broken.

You only have to look at people’s faces as they walk the streets, or as they sit alone drinking a cup of tea or coffee – or even a beer – and you can tell that life is taking its toll on them. Every day brings a new challenge, it seems. It can seem relentless. A few short steps forwards are followed by so many more backwards at times. Coasting downhill for a short while is followed by another steep incline that seems to go on and on.

The daily trudge, the bills, the work, the lack of work, the husband, the wife, the brother, the sister, the parent, the child, the shopping, the crowds, the heat, the cold, the rain, the sun, the meaningless day to day, boring, lonely struggle for survival; all of it leaves you feeling battered and bruised, beaten and broken.

Where does it all end, I hear you ask; when will it end?

And on top of the day to day stuff of life, we have illness, accidents, bereavement, loss, broken relationships, divorce; we have animosity, we have strife; we have disagreements and arguments, and we have shouting and fighting. Other stuff happens – cars break down, you drop the mobile phone into the toilet, something breaks at home, the washing machine stops working and needs replacing. On and on and on it goes – relentless!

It all leaves you battered and bruised, beaten and broken.

How do you deal with all that stuff? How do you pick yourself up at the end of the day – or even at the beginning of the day – and carry on? Who do you turn to? Who can help you sort out all this stuff? Who can even start to soothe your battered and bruised being, who can take your beaten and broken being and start you heal?

Jeremiah 14:17 (MSG) says:

“My dear, dear people are battered and bruised.”

But Jesus:

“healed their bruised and hurt lives”

Matthew 9:35 (MSG)

Isaiah 14:13 (MSG) says that God:

“has tenderly nursed his beaten-up, beaten-down people.”

And He gave His only Son for us:

“This is my body, broken for you.”

1 Corinthians 11:23 (MSG)

Battered and bruised, beaten and broken? Is that you today? It was Jesus yesterday – over 2,000 years ago, He was battered and bruised, beaten and broken – for you. He was battered and bruised, beaten and broken so that He could tenderly nurse your battered and bruised being, and heal your beaten and broken being.

So may you today, if you feel battered and bruised, beaten and broken, may you feel the tender, loving arms of Jesus around you; may you feel His soothing and nursing; and as He whispers, “this is my body, broken for you,” may you begin to feel healing in your being, as you hand over your hurt to Him.