Heart and Hope

Our heart……that physical organ that beats within us

Pumping blood through a network of arteries and veins called our cardiovascular system.

Not my words and quite a mouthful but an apt description of this life-giving organ

Shared by official sources that define the meaning of words.

But we can also picture our hearts existing in this physical space of darkness

Enveloped in moisture that is warm and of measured density.

Our hearts are at home in this dark, wet, condensed space, requiring optimal conditions to maintain life.

Yet within what appears to be this opaque, unlit space, is life

Life that shows up with energized movement in humans, lived in wildly different ways.

Life that shows up as Christ did, sent by God to reflect love, light and hope.

Our God of mystery creates states of being that straddle opposing realities.

But in the midst of these realities are revelations, possibilities and openings

The nucleus beginnings and gateways that move us to states of being that make life rich

States such as love, light and hope to which God calls us.

And as believers, our hearts are at the center of that inner space that connects us to God.

The Apostle Paul says in Ephesians 1:18,

I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he [God] has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people…… 

In writing to Ephesians in the early church, Paul through wisdom from God describes our hearts

Hearts with eyes capable of seeing and believing in that which is ahead of us

Not yet fully known but waiting to be embraced and manifested in our lives.

This is the opened heart and in times of darkness, this is the working muscle

The organ that pumps us with properties of love leading to breakthroughs of light and hope

Cutting through the perception of darkness

And accessing the light and hope to which God calls us.

May this be so for us now and always.

Shared by Reverend Susanah Wade

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