Some of you may recognize the title of this blog and some of you may not. For those of you that do, hello sisters and brothers! For those of you that do not, let me just share a bit. This is the tagline for Jordan Lee’s blog and ministry. All credit goes to her creative mind for this beautifully simple saying. Jordan Lee is a christian blogger who also has a ministry, devotionals, apparel, and wisdom. So much wisdom. So now that you’re all caught up, let me dive into this.
I just recently bought one of her “Your Brokenness is Welcome Here” hats and I have only worn it a few times since buying it, but holy cow the things I have experienced. People have been abnormally trusting of me as I sit in the library being asked to watch their valuables. People have been incredibly gracious towards me. People have been curious about the meaning. Everyone has their own version of what this means and I have mine.
One girl approached me in the library asking to sit at my table. I could tell she was looking at my hat over and over again probably trying to figure it out. I glanced up and smiled at her and she asked, “What does that mean?”. Joy filled my heart as those words left her mind.
I looked at her and I told her that by wearing this hat, it is my way of welcoming everyone in the same ways that Jesus welcomed everyone. With open arms and an open heart, I welcome the brokenness, the differences, the hurt, the everything. I welcome that with beauty and no fear. She then asked me, “what if someone doesn’t believe in Jesus or the bible?”. I said I welcomed them the same as everyone else. With love, joy, grace, and kindness. She thought this was so great and a tear even came to her eye. She told me she never met a christian that loved atheists. She told me judgment was the reason she did not believe and that if she received this kind of love from everyone, she would believe in Jesus.
This conversation made me really happy and really sad all at the same time. I understood where she was coming from when she said judgment. I have been judged, my family has been judged, and it has been all by the church. It hurts and it does not make any sense. I told her that Jesus would never judge and that anyone who truly loves Him would understand this. She was speechless and I told her, “it does not matter where you come from, what or who you believe in or don’t believe in, what battles you’re fighting, Jesus does love you and will always love you. That is why I wear this hat, because having the ability to love as He did and does is all I need.” At this moment she shed tears and gave me a small hug. She said “thank you”, and we went on studying. The smile on her face will always be remembered.
So to Jordan Lee, thank you. Thank you for creating this beautiful tagline, and thank you for sharing it with the rest of the world. You have created something beautiful.
“He heals the wounds of every shattered heart.” -Psalm 147:3