"What He ordains for us each moment is what is most holy, best, and most divine for us." Jean-Pierre de Caussade

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Broken Heart Syndrome

C.S. Lewis wrote in his book, The Four Loves, "To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything and your heart will certainly be wrung and possibly be broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact, you must give your heart to no one, not even to an animal."

Leonard Sweet says that there are two responses to what is medically known as "broken heart syndrome." It can kill you, or it can birth in you a new heart. He writes, "Jesus' broken heart birthed a new humanity. The promise of The Presence is that it takes a heart broken by love to birth God's love and make the heart beat in sync with God's heart." In other words, out of a heart circumcised by love, God will give a new heart.

In the meantime, both circumcision and birth are painful. Just ask Jesus.

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