Music and the Gospel: “Breakable,” Ingrid Michaelson; 4th Sunday of Easter

In “Breakable,” Ingrid Michaelson elaborates on how fragile our hearts are. Entering into relationship with others, whether it is friendship or romantic love, puts us in a vulnerable position because letting these people into our lives gives them the opportunity to both love and hurt us. God calls us to love others as we love ourselves. Remembering to love ourselves by making choices that keep us safe and healthy helps to protect our precious hearts and allows us to love God’s creation to the best of our ability.

Key Lyrics: Have you ever thought about what protects our hearts? / Just a cage of rib bones and other various parts. / So it’s fairly simple to cut right through the mess, / And to stop the muscle that makes us confess

Questions: Close your eyes and think of a time when you felt hurt or mistreated by someone you cared about. Stand up, and put your body into a position that represents how you felt in that experience. Shake it off. Now, think of a time when you felt genuinely loved by someone, comfortable in your skin and appreciated simply for being you. Put your body into a position that represents how being loved felt.

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