Did you know that there is a medical diagnosis called Broken Heart Syndrome? We have all heard the term, “died of a broken heart.” I always imagined that to be more of a withering away of the heart but it is actually a form of cardiomyopathy, an enlargement of part of the heart reducing pumping capability. In a recent American Heart Association article I read that broken heart syndrome is triggered by a surge of stress hormones, linking this condition to depression, loss of a loved one, rejection, etc.
I am not sure why this stuck with me except that Valentine’s Day focuses on the heart and not every heart is happy, some are deeply troubled. I want to be aware and mindful of the brokenness and ever more appreciative of the happy happy.
Psalm 51:17 My sacrifice, O God, is a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart you, God, will not despise.
Psalm 73:26 My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart
and my portion forever.
Ecclesiastes 7:14 When times are good, be happy; but when times are bad, consider this: God has made the one as well as the other. Therefore, no one can discover anything about their future.