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john davies
notes from a small vicar
from a parish
in Liverpool, UK

    Wednesday, April 09, 2003
    Mending broken things
     
    Our Lent group ended on a rather sober note, talking tough around redemption (do we really believe in it, why are we reluctant to accept it in others, etc). Rediscovered a lost gem, though, to end the evening reflectively: the divine voice of Julie Miller, and the title track from her Broken Things album... great healing in these words:
      Broken Things

      You can have my heart
      But it isn't new
      It's been used and broken
      And only comes in blue

      It's been down a long road
      And it got dirty on the way
      If I give it to you will you make it clean
      And wash the pain away

      You can have my heart
      If you don't mind broken things
      You can have my life if you don't mind these tears
      Well I heard that you make old things new
      So I give these pieces all to you
      If you want it you can have my heart

      So beyond repair
      Nothing I could do
      I tried to fix it myself
      But it was only worse when I got through
      Then you walked right into my darkness
      And you speak words so sweet
      And you hold me like a child
      Till my frozen tears fall at your feet

      You can have my heart
      If you don't mind broken things
      You can have my life if you don't mind these tears
      Well I heard that you make old things new
      So I give these pieces all to you
      If you want it you can have my heart
    Julie's sleeve notes add: The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit [Psalm 34.18]. Good news for those we refuse to redeem, or for us when we refuse to accept it for ourselves.