HOW IT STARTED
THE SENDING AND MENDING STORY
After the passing of my husband, I began receiving letters and visits—and then, more letters and more visits! People were checking in on me through calls and texts and acts of service. It showed me the truest time in my life that grieving together made everything better. During my time off from my career in Real Estate and being a worship leader at my church, I started to read the Bible more. In moments of prayer and reading, people started to come to mind. So, I started sending them a verse here, and a song there. I receive good responses back every time, and I realized that I really needed those words of affirmation. Hearing things such as “You don’t know how much your timing mattered” and “How perfect this is” and being able to do something for someone else felt so good. It meant a lot for them to feel like it was Jesus who came and sent it to them. Through this, I thought of “sending and mending”.
Mender is defined as a skilled worker who mends or repairs things. I soon realized that a mender lived inside of my heart to do the work that only God could do through me. For an even deeper look into this word, I looked into one of the Father’s redemptive names, Jehovah Rapha.
“The basic meaning of the Hebrew word, rapha is ‘to mend’ as in ‘to stitch up or mend a torn cloth’. Rapha also means, ‘to cure or cause to be cured, to heal, to position, to repair, to make whole’. When we say, ‘Jehovah Rapha’, we are saying, ‘God, the mender, the one who makes us whole’.” (Chester Kylstra and Betsy Kylstra, Biblical Healing and Deliverance: A Guide to Experiencing Freedom from Sins of the Past, Destructive Beliefs, Emotional & Spiritual Pain, Curses and Oppression)
Not only does God want to comfort us, He wants to make us whole in spirit, soul and body. As my heart mended, I started to become a sender with messages from the Mender, the Holy Spirit. The Mender is the healer of all. He came to mend the One, yet through the power of choice, His mercy and grace is available to mend all of mankind.
He always comes alongside us to comfort us in every suffering so that we can come alongside those who are in any painful trial. We can bring them this same comfort that God has poured out upon us.
-2 Corinthians 1:4 TPT
My Prayer is that these resources and energy help to mend your heart, and may you become the sender so others can feel the Mender helping them connect to a happy heart.