Scriptures for today
- Psalm 146
- Isaiah 59:9-19
- Acts 9:1-20
“I will sing to my God all my life.” These words from Psalm 146 touch my heart as I make my walk through the season of Lent this year.
There are so many different kinds of songs that our heart sings as it experiences the joys and challenges of life. As I think about the singing of my heart, I turn to these words from Celtic theologian and poet, John O’Donohue, in his book, To Bless the Space Between Us:
“Concealed in the dark, the heart is concerned with who we are. Because the mind is always engaged with whatever is happening now, it often forgets who we are. The heart never forgets. If we ever feel lost or overwhelmed, all we ever have to do is become still and listen to our heart and we will soon find exactly where we are.”
The Paul who got thrown off his horse, in the story from Acts, slowly began to think about prayer, as a deep listening to his heart – one might say, his heart’s song. Over time, he experienced his heart speaking/singing not only of pain and despair, but also of hope and love – in a way that connected him again with all that was important to him. In Romans, chapter 8, he learned to call it God’s praying in him.
And, so, in this season of Lent, when the walk toward what we can hardly imagine – is both stimulating and sometimes fearful, it is a time when I can trust that my heart’s prayer, my heart’s song, will be heard, whatever it is. I can trust that when I am feeling discouraged, I can sing a lament; when I am feeling alone, I can sing a haunting melody of jazz; when I want to rage, I can sing an angry rap; and, when I feel deeply connected to all of life, I will want to sing a hymn of praise.
And the Holy One, listening to all my songs, will be singing from my heart as I make my way to the New Life that is Easter. ♥
by Janice Aiken