The Heart speaks
How could you be so ignorant, my friend,
when you agreed your graceless hand to lend?
Did you believe for once you might succeed
-escape misfortune through a noble deed?
Now you have failed, not only to impress,
but to avoid making a royal mess.
Not only did you let me play the fool,
but opened up this heart to ridicule.
Donít you recall the words you often heard?
Your mother, teachers, and your friends concurred.
They said you never would amount to much;
things seem to go to pieces with your touch.
You may as well go lick your wounds and weep,
or throw yourself upon a garbage heap.
Preserve this in your memory and then
you wonít risk trying anything again.
The Spirit speaks
O heart, be still and hear my whispering voice.
Youíre my delight; a child of mine by choice.
I saw your unformed substance and I knew
how best to mold you. Please believe itís true.
The error that youíve made is very small.
Itís hardly worth your mentioning at all.
So calm your anxious thoughts and right your wrongs.
Iíll salve you with my presence and with songs.
Iíve heard the lies hurled at you, precious heart
-lies striking you just like a flaming dart.
You listen, and yourself harshly condemn.
Who do you think is greater, I or them?
I came to heal you, heart, and bind your sores;
abundant life I offer you, and more.
Draw near with confidence; forget the past.
Let truth assure you that my love will last.
ďIt is by our actions that we know we are living in the truth, so we will be confident when we stand before the Lord, even if our hearts condemn us. For God is greater than our hearts, and he knows everything.Ē
I John 3: 19-20 (New Living Translation)
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