If you know me well, you know that one of my all-time favourite bands is Over the Rhine (if you haven’t heard of them, check them out… after you read this post of course!). It doesn’t come as a surprise that a lot of my favourite quotes come from their music. I like them because there’s a sense of realness and honesty in their lyrics. I find I can relate well to some of their songs. Plus they just have a great, versatile sound!

Over the Rhine in concert in Dayton, OH (2008) Yes, we were that close to the stage!

It shouldn’t come as a surprise, then, that the quote that resonated with me this past year comes from an OtR song. This song is just beautiful. I won’t bore you with the entire song… you can check it out on YouTube if you want to hear it.

“All my favorite people are broken
Believe me, my heart should know
Some prayers are better left unspoken
I just want to hold you and let the rest go

All my friends are part saint and part sinner
We lean on each other, try to rise above
We are not afraid to admit we are all still beginners
We are all late bloomers when it comes to love”
—All My Favorite People

It just serves as a reminder that people aren’t perfect. As a Christian, I’m a sinner saved by grace. I’m going to mess up. I’m constantly learning things over and over again. I have a hard time trusting God at times. I get knocked down and broken. And all that is okay as long as I trust God to pick up those broken pieces and help me start over.

It’s okay. I’m broken, you’re broken, we’re all broken. In many different ways. But by thankfully, God can heal us of our brokenness. It’s just a life-long process.

What was the quote or saying that most resonated with you this past year? Was there any quote, mantra or saying that really spoke to you? Helped you through something? Made you smile? (Today’s prompt by Besottment)