“The world is full of broken people.”

Written by Julie

On October 2, 2021
{^Listen to me read this poem!}

The world is full of broken people
and my fragile soul cannot bear the weight
of this shattered place,
although I so often try.
I shed the tears,
feel the ache,
ask the questions,
pray the prayers for help, for healing.
I attempt to hold the heaviness
of pain, wondering, anger, effects of sin. . .

But it’s too much.
I am not Atlas,
able to carry the earth on my shoulders.
I stumble, crumple,
need Simon of Cyrene to carry my cross.
“I can’t do this!” I scream to the sky.

And He leans near and replies,
“I never asked you to.
I know you can’t.
That’s not how I made you.
I made you
to come
to Me.”

And I remember
He bore the weight of our sin
and holds the world–
this world of broken people–
in His nail-scarred hand
that also cradles
my fragile heart.
~Julie Hochstetler, Sept. 2021


“The world is full of broken people” is a writing prompt I’ve seen, and I was also inspired by the following poem.

Then, I remembered.
I can’t carry the pain of this broken world.
But. . .
He did.

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P.S. Would you like me to read more poems in the future? I’m not sure how I feel about it yet. . .



Hi, I'm Julie, a 16-year-old lover of books, music, and Jesus. I'm a junior in high school (Abeka Academy) and have been blogging for two years. I also co-publish a digital magazine called Priceless geared toward teen girls. My desire is to use my words to glorify my Saviour and to encourage you in your walk with God. I'd love to hear from you!

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3 months ago

The emotion is there๐Ÿ˜… Even if you did it sorta like a speech, that would be even more emotional… But it sounded very real, like you meant it.๐Ÿ˜‰