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The Charlie-Gibbs Fracture Zone

Psalm 34:17,18 When the righteous cry for help, the LORD hears, and rescues them from all their troubles. The LORD is near to the brokenhearted, and saves the crushed in spirit. (NRSV)

Have you ever heard of the Charlie-Gibbs Fracture Zone? It’s a system of two parallel faults that run around 2,500 kilometres through the North Atlantic, all the way from Newfoundland in Canada to south-west of Ireland. Amazing.

Now, despite its massive size, it wasn’t discovered until the late 1960s because it runs so deep; between 700 and 4,500 metres below the ocean. It’s seismically very active, meaning that there are earthquakes and, from time to time, lava spilling out.

So many people have open wounds in their soul – huge wounds, unhealed wounds, wounds that run so deep that you can’t see them from the surface –  open, gaping wounds that rock them like an earthquake, and spill out hurt and anguish.

Deep, painful, unhealed fracture zones impact the lives of so many people. Their hearts are broken. They feel crushed in spirit. They’re hurting so deeply that they don’t know how to stop the pain.

If you’re in that place, or perhaps you know someone who is, then I want to encourage you today to take God at His Word.

Psalm 34:17,18 When the righteous cry for help, the LORD hears, and rescues them from all their troubles. The LORD is near to the brokenhearted, and saves the crushed in spirit. (NRSV)

When nothing is capable of helping, when nobody seems to be able to help take away the pain that you feel, cry out to the Lord. He does hear you. He will rescue you. How do we know that? How can we be certain?

Because God’s Word never fails. He never fails to live up to what He promises. And as you perhaps try to process that fact, that truth through the pain, listen again. Take His Word to heart:

The LORD is near to the brokenhearted, He saves the crushed in spirit.

That’s God’s Word. Fresh … for you … today.

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