I've been listening to a podcast of Sharon Salzberg talking about the Buddhist concept of metta, or lovingkindness. She describes metta meditation practice as a kind of glue, as the "cohesive factor of the mind," that which holds things together.

This reminds me of the Jewish mystical concept of devekut, or drawing closer to the Divine. Devekut is often translated as "cleaving to God," and comes from the same grammatical root as the word for glue.

In other words, lovingkindness is the glue that connects us to the Source, to each other, to all that is of God.

This kind of glue makes brokenness a bit more bearable.