'Have a Heart'

Terry Walton


I Was Thinking…

I remember the sound of our children’s first heartbeat.  Our children were born in the age of ‘sonar grams’.  The sonar gram gave us the opportunity to hear the baby in the womb’s heart’s beat.  It sounded like the cross between a whale under water and fingernails on a chalkboard.  But it was the sweetest sound I’d heard to that point in my life.

I take my heart beats for granted.  Do you?  I don’t think about them at all.  Unless I’m exercising (which I need to do more) or checking the pulse on my wrist, I’m oblivious to my heart and its’ beating.  I’m sorry heart.  I don’t mean to ignore you but I’m grateful for every beat you give me.  I thank you heart for hanging in there even when you skipped a beat when I first glanced in Sharon’s direction.  I thank you heart of not giving up on me when I ran the Peachtree Road Race or when I attempted to stretch a double into a triple in the church softball league.  I thank you heart that you kept on ‘keeping on’ when that car pulled out in front of me years ago causing a ‘close call’ on my motorcycle.  I’m grateful for you heart.  You’re the best.  Just keep on beating, if you please.

February is ‘heart’ month.  The American Heart Association will remind us of their important advances and the need for more advances (and I’m grateful for their wonderful work!).  Valentine’s Day will remind us to send a heart-shaped card or candy in a heart-shaped box to the loves in our lives.  Our grandchildren will make for us grandparents some heart shaped craft that will hang on our refrigerator until Christmas.  It is the month to thank cupid for her accurate arrow of love that has drawn us into a heart relationship with a special love. 

It was Jesus who said “It is what comes out of a person that pollutes: obscenities, lusts, thefts, murders, adulteries, greed, depravity, deceptive dealings, carousing, mean looks, slander, arrogance, foolishness—all these come from the heart.  There is the source of your pollution.” (Mark 7:20-23) So you see, Jesus thought the heart was important too.

So how is it with your heart?  Is it beating?  Check your wrist!  And then check your actions and see what they’re telling you about your ‘spiritual heart’.  February is heart month!  It is a good time for a checkup.

Always Thinking…

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