Broken Hearts in Bible Study

I’ve been going back and forth in my mind. Wondering whether or not to share this post.

The reason is today I experienced something so raw that to share would be to cheapen the event. However, I truly believe vulnerable moments are the most powerful.

So I’ll share with the purest of intents.

I went to Bible Study today and heard someone in our Church had died. I didn’t know the person. Though the event was tragic, it didn’t affect me as deeply as it would if I could put a face to the name.

What broke my heart. What still sends pangs of pain in my soul was the way it affected my Bible Study teacher. She is a devout and faithful woman of God. A sincere soul who I admire with every part of my being.

There she was. The sweet matriarch of our Church and our Bible Study. Always there with a kind word, helpful hand, and open heart to anyone in need.

stars and revelation 21:4

We were studying Jeremiah. She was in so much pain, tears were inevitable. There wasn’t a single set of dry eyes in Bible Study. Despite the countless tears, the pain, we pressed on in our study. Reading aloud the verses when crying permitted.

At the end of our Bible Study, she asked us to recall some promises of God. I could think of none- except one: He will wipe every tear from their eyes. (Revelation 21:4)

She broke my heart. This devout Christian who was suffering for the loss of her friend but determined to continue leading us in faith.

No one is immune to the pain of this world. It is especially hard when even the most faithful of us suffer. Through it all, though, there is hope.


21 thoughts on “Broken Hearts in Bible Study

  1. God is so good, and if we just trust him with all of our heart, he will get us through anything. The day my father died (next month will be one year), I didn’t know how I was going to get through the day. I somehow managed to open up my Bible plan for the day and that same verse is what God put there for me to see. At that moment I was reminded that God was with me and I was going to be okay. Thank you for sharing your story, God is constantly reminding us of his love and mercy. Have a blessed day!

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  2. We are not meant to be immune to this world; we are mean to be Christ-presence IN the world…in the world, just not OF the world.

    You are doing well, dear. Your heart is engaged and open. You are in touch with God and others through your heart. good job.

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  3. Yes, it is very hard when the most faithful of us suffer. I have seen so much people suffer that when the Lord answers prayer and delivers someone from a bad circumstance i don’t have to know the person to jump for joy, I’m just so happy for them that I’m singing. The bible study sounded like one those bible studies the early christians used to have when they were badly persecuted and those same words comforted them, ‘He will wipe away every tear from their eyes.’ Very encouraging post.

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  4. God is using your great heart and sensitive soul, Rae, developed in your own painful times, to shine through your words and bless many. God bless and keep holding fast to your faith. 🙂


  5. Thank you for sharing. We need reminders of the brevity of this temporal life, God’s promises of comfort in grief and loss, until we too will be with the Lord forever in glory . So glad you are in a wonderful Bible Study.

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  6. I’m glad you decided to share. It didn’t cheapen the moment, but reminds us all that God cared even more deeply for her broken heart, and gave you what she needed to hear.

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  7. As one who has lived 64 years now, and still somewhat in shock, I am seeing how fast this life passes by…I’ve learned through the years that pain and loss are inevatible but He has always been there through it all. Can’t imagine this journey without Him. God bless…Karen ❤

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