In Others’ Words: Heart Sutures

Tears and Sutures 2017

Andrew Budek-Schmeisser is anything but a stranger to this blog. He’s often the one to get the conversation going in the comments. I count him a treasured friend — this, despite the fact that we’ve yet to meet face to face. That’s the wonderful thing about friendships: they are not limited by geographical boundaries.

His poetic and profound words “Life tears our hearts; and love sutures them,” were written either as a response to a previous blog post or in one of our back-and-forth emails. That same day, I asked if I could quote him.

Ironic, isn’t it, how love can both break and heal our hearts. Life is heartbreaking, yes. And what rends our hearts the most is the moments when we choose to love … to risk … to step outside our safe existences because we want more than lives limited to this-much-love-but-no-more.w3

We risk … and are rejected.

We give … and are found lacking.

We say yes to someone … and they say no to our offer of love.

But the only balm to a broken heart is love. Bitterness makes a heart brittle. Love mends a wounded heart, allowing it to love again … to love more … to love better, even after a loss.

In Your Words: How has love healed your heart?






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  1. May 18, 2017, 12:09 am   /  Reply

    Dear Beth, my dear friend…I am so very honoured.

    • May 18, 2017, 7:00 am   /  Reply

      Andrew: Your words are so wise, my friend. Thank you for allowing me to share them. I hope you are faring well today.

  2. May 18, 2017, 7:17 am   /  Reply

    That is a beautiful and truly amazing quote–profound. I’m so grateful that even medically my literal heart has been repaired & sutured, my life given back to me many times. But when I think of my present quality of life, along w/ medical care, I think of great amounts of love pouring in in recent years that have not only sutured my heart, but changed and healed me.

    • May 18, 2017, 8:12 am   /  Reply

      Dee: I so value how you can speak personally to this in such a unique way. And I always appreciate your insight and wisdom. You pour out love to others in such a purposeful way, too, and I know it heals them … and yes, I agree that Andrew’s words are beautiful and profound.

  3. May 18, 2017, 10:43 am   /  Reply

    Why am I not surprised those words came from Andrew? They are beautiful and full of depth.

    Ultimately, God’s love has done an amazing healing in my heart on many levels. But I have to say, my husband’s love has done a lot of heart-healing as well. The fact that he’s walked with me as I battled my own insecurities. How he always asks how he can do things better, differently the next time (as in after an argument), how he is usually the first to apologize. How he serves and surprises me . . . his love has healed my heart in amazing way.

    • May 19, 2017, 6:58 am   /  Reply

      I agree with you, Jeanne. Andrew does have a beautiful way with words.
      And yes, God’s love is miraculous when it comes to healing.
      But I also think he uses others in our lives to help us heal — those relationships where we find comfort and safety and understanding.

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