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A Repairer of the Breach

Q. How does this phrase relate to us today?

A. Let’s Talk!
We find the reference to this phrase in Isaiah 58:12:
“Those from among you will rebuild the ancient ruins; You will raise up the age-old foundations; And you will be called the repairer of the breach, the restorer of the streets in which to dwell.”

As I have read and re-read the text, I see a current application of many “sons and daughters of the King” rebuilding, raising up, repairing, and restoring their families, communities, and even their own hearts.

We are in a day of profound brokenness. But I believe there are many who long to impact their world with rebuilding, raising up, repairing, and restoring.

I would love it if you readers would be willing to reply to this post and tell me what you are sensing, seeing, and believing about those bringing changes in our culture today. How do you see that manifesting in your own life? I will share any responses and explore this further if there is interest.

For Deeper Reflection

Here is another almost twin verse to chew on!

Isaiah 61:4 “Then they will rebuild the ancient ruins, they will raise up the former devastations; and they will repair the ruined cities, the desolations of many generations.”

Please consider sharing your thoughts on this topic. Thanks!

Helen B. McIntosh has a doctorate in counseling psychology and is a national board certified professional counselor and certified in reality therapy. An educator for 19 years, Dr. McIntosh is an author, a highly demanded national speaker and inventor of the Peace Rug®, an international curriculum for conflict resolution.
You can contact me confidentially at DrHelen@braveandresilient.com



  1. Oh, Dr. Helen. I will ponder these verses. At a time when it seems like so much is being torn down and destroyed rather than restored, we need to remember God gives His children the tools and supplies needed to repair and rebuild. Thank you for this optimistic reminder!

    • Thanks, Nancy! You are always thinking about kingdom issues! Your feedback always matters… Love, Helen

  2. I am blessed to work with a colleague that enjoys talking about our culture and the need for The Church to unify and function as one utilizing our individual gifts to change the world. Also, I work in a nursing home and I receive inspiration from our residents that are praying for others from their beds. Even though they may not be able to get out, they are still being effective in bringing change by prayer, faith, and trust in the Lord.

    • dear Greg – leave it to you to spot those repairing and restoring!! You are in workplaces fraught with needs but see them changing the world. I am glad for your spiritual eyesight! You personally are an overcomer!! Love, Helen