Monday, March 12, 2012

We Feel It In Our Souls

"Still, I knew, because of my own feelings, there was something wrong with me,
and I knew it wasn't only me. I knew it was everybody. It was like a bacteria
or a cancer or a trance. It wasn't on the skin; it was in the soul.
It showed itself in loneliness, lust, anger, jealousy, and depression. It had people
screwed up bad everywhere you went -- at the store, at home, at church; it was ugly
and deep. Lots of singers on the radio were singing about it, and cops had jobs 
because of it. It was as if we were broken, I thought, as if we were never supposed 
to feel these sticky emotions. It was as if we were cracked, couldn't love right, couldn't 
feel good things for very long without screwing it all up. We were like gasoline engines 
running on diesel. I was a kid so I couldn't put words to it, but every kid feels it. 
(I am talking about the broken quality of life.) A kid will think there are monsters under
his bed, or he will close himself in his room when his parents fight. From a very early 
age our souls are taught there is a comfort and a discomfort in the world, a good and a 
bad if you will, a lovely and a frightening. There seemed to me to be too much frightening,
and I didn't know why it existed."
-Donald Miller
Blue Like Jazz

There is a bigger need that we all have felt or feel now.
A need that not one earthly thing can provide relief.
We've all been broken before and know pain.
We feel it in our souls,
that's how deep it goes.

"HE heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds."
Psalm 147:3

Today I'm linking up with Heather from Finding Beauty in the Ordinary.


Emily said... Reply to comment

I love Blue Like Jazz! Anxiously waiting for the movie to come out. I'm trying to work my way through Searching For God Knows What but college makes free time for reading hard. Thanks for sharing this passage!

Daisy said... Reply to comment

Love this post! That is a beautiful verse.

Kate said... Reply to comment

Love the phrasing of that quote :)

Beau and Mackenzie said... Reply to comment

Donald Miller is my absolute FAVORITE! Have you read "Searching For God Knows What?" So good...

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