We are all so easily broken. We are fragile. We are weak. We are shattered. We are sinners. We are failures. We slip and fall so easily. We walk away from God. We turn our backs on grace. We cling tightly to the very things that hold us back and weigh us down. We are all a mess. God wants us - all of us - but all we have to offer Him is brokenness. It's such an imperfect gift to offer a perfect God.
That's why Jesus offered us a broken gift in return - His own broken body, hanging on a cross, paying the penalty we deserved. He allowed Himself to be broken so that we could be made whole. All He asks for is our heart. He doesn't want our heart because its perfect. He wants it because its broken, and He's the only One who can make it whole.
He can take our broken gift and make it beautiful. He can can give us beauty for ashes. He loves us in spite of our brokenness - because of our brokenness - and He waits with open arms to give us the gifts He gave His life for.