When Your Tired Heart is Broken

Editors Note: For today’s Devotionals Daily we wanted to feature an author who uses her poetry and visual arts talent to reach into people’s hearts all over the world. Morgan Harper Nichols recently shared the post below on her highly popular Instagram account and that we thought it may just resonate with how many of us are feeling right now. Enjoy~

A Tired Heart

A tired heart

About this poem: In regards to recent events, there is a lot of discourse directed at the country at large, which is important. And this is also true: there are those who have been fighting this fight for a long, long time. And yes, it takes courage to do this, and it’s also exhausting work. Heartbreaking. I think back to my great-great-grandfather who was born a slave and died free and I wish I could have known him and told him that we have come so much further along. Tonight, I don’t have a conversation. Instead, I have a lament. A lament to the one who is tired. Tired of having to explain. Tired of having to educate. Tired of having the same conversations over and over again. I don’t speak for everyone in what I’m saying. I speak from the actual sharp pain in my gut as I write this. The anger, despair, and heartbreak, that cries: Why are we still here?

I recently watched Toni Morrison’s documentary on Hulu and of the many stories shared that will forever stick me, there was a sentiment she shared that I will not forget. “I never asked Tolstoy to write for me, a little colored girl in Lorain, Ohio…Never…If I tried to write a universal novel, it would be water.” ― Toni Morrison

For this poem, it was not about writing for everyone. Yes, I write for other people’s stories, but I also write for pain that I feel as an American, in the skin I’m in. I have been told my work is “too depressing” or “redundant” and honestly, it has never even bothered me because I know I am writing to the part of me that cries with the reality that the wounds are still open. The fight is taking on new shapes. I write as a way of finding peace…just any kind of glimpse that amidst the hurt, maybe we’ll be okay. “If there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.” ― Toni Morrison

~ Morgan Harper Nichols

About Author:

Popular Instagram poet and artist Morgan Harper Nichols has created her life’s work around the stories of others. Morgan’s popular Instagram feed (@morganharpernichols) has garnered a loyal online community, and she is the author of All Along You Were Blooming, a book of poems and art she created in response to the personal stories submitted by her friends and followers. Known for its lyrical tone and vibrant imagery, Morgan’s work is an organic expression of the grace and hope we’ve been given in this world. Morgan has also performed as a vocalist on several GRAMMY-nominated projects and written for various artists, including a Billboard #1 single performed by her sister, Jamie-Grace. Morgan is often on the road creating, teaching, and performing, in hopes of spreading her unique inspirational message and inviting others into her creative process. Morgan currently resides in Orange County, California, with her family.

Go Follow Her on Instagram: @morganharpernichols

Post by Morgan Harper Nichols, author of All Along You Were Blooming.

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Your Turn

How is your heart right now? Are you feeling broken, unheard or unwanted? When the day becomes too much to handle, let us remember to bring it all to Him.

“Come to Me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”  ―Matthew 11:28

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Morgan Harper Nichols is a writer, artist, and musician who makes her work around people and their stories. Morgan spent the first few years of her adult life as a college admission counselor, and then, as a full-time touring singer-songwriter and musician. It was on the road that she cultivated her curiosity and passion for the written word and art, and slowly began to share her art with others online. In 2017, Morgan started a project where she invites people to submit their stories to her website. From there, she creates art inspired by what they send her, and then, sends them the art, for free. Nearly everything Morgan creates and shares today is from this project, and she always keeps the names and stories anonymous. The fruit of this project is shared daily around social media, in publications, on murals, and more. As an artist, Morgan has been commissioned by and collaborated with publications and brands including Adobe, LiveNation, Aerie, Coach, Esquire Singapore, and more. She has been featured on social platforms for publications such as Teen Vogue, Refinery 29, Hello Giggles, and SoulPancake. As a writer, her debut book ‘Storyteller’ is a #1 Amazon Bestseller in Inspirational Poetry. Morgan is now a full time writer, artist, and musician, and travels to speak, teach, and perform. She is on the board of directors at TWLOHA (To Write Love on Her Arms). Morgan is originally from Atlanta, Ga. and she and her husband Patrick currently reside just a little south of Los Angeles in Orange County, Ca.

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