December 14, 2016
Tokens of broken hearts on display at LA museum
(Photo above: One divorced woman couldn’t bring herself to throw away her wedding dress, so instead she stuffed it into a pickle jar.)
The Museum of Broken Relationships in Los Angeles offers visitors a glimpse of heartbreak in all its forms. Relationships come and go... but at a museum in Los Angeles, tokens of heartbreak are here to stay. The Museum of Broken Relationships showcases over 100 items from jilted lovers around the worold. (SOUNDBITE) MUSEUM DIRECTOR, ALEXIS HYDE, SAYING: "When you're alone and when you feel no one has felt this depth of misery as I am right now, it's not true. It's everyone, everywhere." But visitors say, the museum cannot properly reflect the sadness of a REAL breakup. (SOUNDBITE) VISITOR KENNETH BRONS, SAYING: "Something so strange as salad bowl spinner or something as touching as a wedding dress, that's very powerful" There's a confessional for emotional purging... A binder from a caretaker who got dumped after nursing her boyfriend back to health... Among some lighter fare. A similar museum opened in Croatia in 2006, but love and heartbreak knows no borders. This museum in Los Angeles in reminding visitors that a broken heart can't just be tossed away and forgotten.
Source: Jillian Kitchener/Reuters
Photo: Oliver Jones/Museum of Broken Relationships
Psalm 34:18 (ESV)
The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.
John 14:27 (NASB)
Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful.
What does today’s God’s Story scripture teach us about broken hearts and broken relationships?
Jesus has a different approach to healing broken hearts than the world. The museum in today’s story provides people with a place to vent. Jesus provides people with his peace. This is a peace that “surpasses all understanding” and it is a peace that is only possible for “the mind that is dependent” on God. Everyone’s relationship with God was broken until Jesus entered into our world. By his death, he took on our sins and healed our broken relationship with him. We continue to trust in his peace for healing our broken hearts and our broken relationships.
How can I connect today’s God’s Story scripture to my life?
The museum of broken hearts seems unnecessarily depressing. We might experience some comfort knowing that other people are feeling the same pain we are feeling. But the comfort that God brings when we take our hearts to him is so much greater than the comfort of taking our hearts to a museum. The Christmas season is particularly difficult for some people. Some families are estranged from each other…and estranged from God. This season, take notice of someone who is broken hearted. Pray for an opportunity to share with them how God has restored your relationship with him and given you peace.
How can I connect Today’s Story, God’s Story, and My Story to others?
What do you and your friends think about a museum of broken relationships? Is it good for venting or is it just sad?
Talk about some other ways that people attempt to deal with broken hearts and broken relationships.
Share with a friend about your relationship with Jesus; he is the perfect answer for broken people.