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By Evangelist Barbara Colbert-Brooks
Situation: Brokenness 
• “The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; A broken and a contrite heart…” Psalm 51:16-17.
• “The LORD is near to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” Psalm 34:18 
• “Make me to hear joy and gladness, Let the bones which You have broken rejoice.” Psalm 51:8
• “God heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.” Psalm 147:3 
Solution: Healing
• Heal me, O LORD, and I will be healed; Save me and I will be saved, For You are my praise. Jeremiah 17:14
• And Jesus said to him, "Go; your faith has made you well." Immediately he regained his sight. Mark 10:52
• “…And seizing him by the right hand, he raised him up; and immediately his feet and his ankles were strengthened.” Acts 3:6-8
• And Jesus stretched out His hand and touched him, saying, "I am willing; be cleansed." And immediately his leprosy was cleansed. Matthew 8:2-3
• "The spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives, and recovery of sight to the blind, to set free those who are oppressed...” Luke 4:18
Salvation: The Answer
• As for me, I said, "O LORD, be gracious to me; Heal my soul, for I have sinned against You." Psalm 41:4
• “Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts:
And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting”
Psalm 139:23-24
• “Bless the Lord, O my soul, And forget none of His benefits; Who pardons all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases; Who redeems your life from the pit, Who crowns you with lovingkindness and compassion…” Psalm 103:2-5 
Reflection: Revelation
  I have come to the realization that living in a world without walls can be a terribly frightening thing. Humankind has created a tradition of “anything goes,” resulting in mass confusion and unparalleled mayhem. We can spend our lives wandering from pillar to post, looking for love in all wrong places. Vainly searching for a way to fix what is wrong, to make sense of it all, crying from the depths of our souls for some glimpse of hope. But hope for what? Wholeness? Healing? Redemption? All the above, but unattainable, nevertheless. Yet so many fail to realize that there has always been a Master plan to satisfy this human deficit. A plan divine and unmatchable, set from the onset of creation. Still, so many also fail to realize that there has always been a Creator who likewise has a desperate cry for hope. A hope to win back the hearts of His creation. A hope to reconcile His beloved back to communion with Him. A hope to give us all a heaven not only when we are gone from this life, but while we are still yet dwelling here on this bitter earth. 
  Now, having been graced with this most precious hope, I have determined that the conclusion of the matter is this. We are all broken, and God is close to the brokenhearted. We all need to be healed, and Jesus came to heal, set free, and deliver. At the end of the day, salvation is the only solution, and this is the only way to have heaven right here on earth. Therefore, give your brokenness to the Lord. Believe that He delights in healing. Anticipate everlasting salvation. Then fasten your Holy Ghost seat belt and watch what happens.


Evelyn M. Bingham
    What makes one child more or less dutiful than another, especially when they are raised in the same household, with seemingly identical circumstances? Is it a result of their personality differences, some real or perceived hurts, slights, or injustices by their parents or is it a conditioning of guilt, or some unrealized or unactualized feelings of seeking approval, or could it be just the personality of that child who is the most caring or dedicated? 
  I’m afraid we may never really know the answers to our questions, but how do we 
cultivate children who are more loving, caring and devoted, who do not succumb to serious sibling rivalries, which might cripple them for a lifetime.
  We have heard all of our lives, that a child is to care for their parents and their needs as they age, and especially when they reach a point when they can no longer care for themselves properly. Why was that idea or unspoken law the basis by which we were raised?
  Could it be that our parents were our idols, placed on a pedestal larger than life, second only to God? We assumed, or were indoctrinated into believing that they would one day be our responsibility, just as we were now theirs? If it was the latter, not every child bought into the notion. Parents in our day did not talk to their children about anything much, especially of a personal nature. And to varying degrees it still remains that way. Let us, as parents today with more understanding and knowledge, talk to our children and grandchildren and teach them our beliefs, morals, work ethics and integrity. Topics or subjects which are beyond our capacity should be guided to research or to persons who are reliable, experienced, and trustworthy.
  We should, through our conversations, reveal to our children that we are human beings just as they are and that we too, are subject to error, and may not have always done our best, but we were operating in the knowledge that we possessed at the time. If we let our children see us living daily as loving, caring, empathetic people who are dutiful and responsible, then it will almost be a given that as they mature and gain wisdom, they will have the desire to want to be dutiful and loving and caring to you as parents, as you continue to age.
  It has been one month today, that my husband and I lost our oldest son, our first born and we are in a state of mind that is impossible to describe. We are grateful to God that He loaned our son to us for nearly sixty five years, he, as well as his siblings, have always been loving as well as dutiful children to us, and we thank God for His comfort and understanding daily through our grieving process, knowing that He too, lost a precious son!

Stairway to Heaven on Earth

Dutiful Children