Broken Umbrellas

Broken Umbrellas



It snowed the day of my grandson’s funeral. Pure grace blanketing dirty mounds of earth. Through my tears, my gaze fell on a sagging blue umbrella suspended over the head of a woman grieving our tiny loss with us. New tears sprang from within me, from depths I didn’t know existed. Not from the loss of my precious one, but from this old umbrella, broken and twisted, yet hovering and flapping above this woman. It offered no protection at all from the wetness dropping from the sky, yet she clung to it. Broken and unsheltered. Could anything symbolize my heart and all humanity better than this crippled umbrella? And then she did something that tore me apart.
She moved her brokenness in an attempt to protect the man beside her.
We are all surrounded by brokenness, around us and inside us from divorce, from abuse, from loss. We try to relate and serve, to love and protect…but how can we, when we ourselves are broken? We still end up exposed to life’s storms. We still end up covered in snow. And we wonder why.
In this transparent and honest look into humanity’s deepest hurts, hope for our relationships comes through the ultimate Relationship with the Lord. Join author Emma Broch Stuart as she travels that snowy road of pain toward the ultimate healing only God can offer.


4 thoughts on “Broken Umbrellas

  1. Hiya Mate, Brokenness, that’s where I am at once again. I have been hit hard with one thing following another for over a year now. The latest is my own son disowning me and blaming me for something I once did to help him as a child, get braces placed on his teeth…. Sometimes I feel like I wish I could stop breathing….yet this is the world today. As the body of Christ standing together and helping each other with love, is all we can do. So, I have shared this as a beginning, onto my Google Plus page….I pray all goes well for you and you are blessed more than you can imagine. With love Crystal xxx

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  2. Precious sister! I’m new at this website and commenting thing, but I seem to have the knack for Facebook if you ever find I’m not responding, go there! LOL I am so sorry for the brokenness you are currently feeling! Relating is so hard! And more so within our close families. I want to pray for you now:
    Father, you see all and know all. You are right there, in that situation and your hearts breaks for the pain that is going on! I pray you comfort Crystal and bring healing, pour your grace over them, Lord. Do what only YOU can do!! In the name of your son, amen!
    You are not alone, dear one!


  3. Thank you and God Bless you, I do feel very alone because I try never to show anyone I am hurting. I feel its a bad Christian witness.. Much love and hugs. xxx

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