Monday, May 22, 2006

How the heart approaches what it yearns*


I've just been thinking about hearts...that's all...

Do you think its a bad thing to have your heart broken....?

Acts 28:27For this people's heart has become calloused; they hardly hear with their ears, and they have closed their eyes. Otherwise they might see with their eyes, hear with their ears, understand with their hearts and turn, and I would heal them.'


Many flowers open to the sun, but only one follows him constantly. Heart, be thou the sunflower, not only open to receive God's blessing, but constant in looking to Him.
- Jean Paul Friedrich Richter (Johann Paul Richter) (used ps. Jean Paul)


Pope John Paul II.....The worst prison would be a closed heart


Golda Meir......Those who do not know how to weep with their whole heart don't know how to laugh either.


*From "How the Heart Approaches What it Yearns" by Paul Simon




23 comment(s):

Funny you should mention the sunflowers. I was thinking that very same thing today - that I love how they follow the sun and that I would want to be a sunflower - open and following constantly. I love that.

About your question...I don't think it's necessarily a bad thing - but it's a very painful thing. I believe sometimes God uses pain to grow us up into who He intends for us to ultimately become. I know that's been the case for myself. Hearts break in many ways.

By Blogger Candy, at 7:05 PM  

Hey, Bev, I've been meaning to let you know I think this this new look is great. But your picture is absolutely gorgeous -- you only get better with each year!

I am so proud of you and the way you have had to examine your heart during the events of this year. I live Pope John Paul's take, thanks for posting it.

Take care ... love ya!

By Blogger Deb, at 7:08 PM  

Just re-read what I wrote. I meant to convey that I admire you for the ways you have examined your heart this year, and for so openly sharing with us some of the process you have experienced.

By Blogger Deb, at 7:11 PM  

I think the only thing I fear is not being broken-hearted anymore. It's cynical indifference that scares me more than being hurt. Very helpful post - thanks!

By Blogger Scott, at 8:57 PM  

Great point made, Scott!

By Blogger Deb, at 10:01 PM  

candy..I loved that sunflower thing and keeping my eyes on Him..

deb..well..ok..thanks for the compliment but I don't know..oh my word...Its been a good place to just blurt..:)

scott...yes..I loved what you said.

.my friend today..no name..but you know who you are..talked to me about broken hearts...you make alot of sense clintman..

Blondie if you are reading this..I had all kinds of trouble with my hotmail...so I will try again tomorrow..

By Blogger Beverly, at 10:47 PM  

I keep thinking of a line from Star Wars Episode III at the end. Padme tells Anikan "You're breaking my heart. I can't follow you down the path you're going."

Of course, I just watched the movie the other night, sothat may be why. But the Scripture in Acts reminds me of that scene.

The pain of a broken heart teaches us many things. Ultimately, it has teught me not to put my hope in others, but God himself.

By Blogger Chad, at 4:36 AM  

I'm coming to this discussion a bit late, but thought I'd throw in my two cents (or maybe five cents with inflation).

I do not think it is a bad thing to have your heart broken. I think it is a vital part of growth. Hurts like crazy, tis true. But it needs to be experienced and grown through. It draws us closer to God.

I'm often bothered by the way the church approaches trials. It seems like it's just a rush to pray our way out of them. Not many know how to relate to someone undergoing heartbreak and just want them to get their act together and move on.

If we had no heartbreak here on earth, it'd be heaven. Then what would we have to long for?

By Blogger reJoyce, at 5:36 AM  

as in my case...my heart of stone needed to be broken so it could be replaced with a new and soft heart, and a new spirit within. count it all blessings my friend. it could be worse,... you could never know how a broken heart feels. o, and hearts heal, then comes the peace, the joy, the warmth of love....and so much more. i've been wondering how you are walking these days since your walk. soon lets go float in candy's pool!

By Blogger lynette, at 5:38 AM  

as in my case...my heart of stone needed to be broken so it could be replaced with a new and soft heart, and a new spirit within. count it all blessings my friend. it could be worse,... you could never know how a broken heart feels. o, and hearts heal, then comes the peace, the joy, the warmth of love....and so much more. i've been wondering how you are walking these days since your walk. soon lets go float in candy's pool!

By Blogger lynette, at 5:38 AM  

as in my case...my heart of stone needed to be broken so it could be replaced with a new and soft heart, and a new spirit within. count it all blessings my friend. it could be worse,... you could never know how a broken heart feels. o, and hearts heal, then comes the peace, the joy, the warmth of love....and so much more. i've been wondering how you are walking these days since your walk. soon lets go float in candy's pool!

By Blogger lynette, at 5:39 AM  

whoops. my computer sorta froze up and i clicked 3 times...maybe you can erase some of em. :-)

By Blogger lynette, at 5:41 AM  

Nah, don't erase 'em. That point needed repeating ;-)

By Blogger Scott, at 5:45 AM  

joyce, I long for the day I no longer long for

By Blogger Clint, at 6:59 AM  

well put clint. me too.

By Blogger Candy, at 7:47 AM  

chad..good point..putting faith in God and not others..

joyce..I know..so quick to put a bandaid on...

lynette..interesting..we have to feel pain to feel healing..

scott..yeah..i could listen to anything lynette says 3 times. :)

Clint and Candy..okay I know this song..by Carolyn Arrends called reaching..it speaks to this..

Chorus:

We are reaching for the future
We are reaching for the past
And no matter what we have we reach for more
We are desperate to discover
What is just beyond our grasp
But maybe that’s what heaven is for

clint..find this song please..

By Blogger Beverly, at 9:03 AM  

Yep, I do in my case, cause it makes trying to love the second time so very difficult. I second guess every decision and talk myself out of good things. So I guess I have to repeat PJP2. The worst prison would be a closed heart.

By Blogger happytheman, at 3:43 PM  

Reaching

By Blogger Clint, at 4:26 PM  

Thanks clint..aww..I love that song..

Happy..I am sorry.....

By Blogger Beverly, at 5:18 PM  

not a bad thing. it's a ying and yang thing. winter and summer. black and white. you know.

By Blogger Plankton, Evil Genius, at 7:15 PM  

well..little plankton..a bible scholar and a philosopher all in one night..you go girl!!!

By Blogger Beverly, at 8:44 PM  

I love the Mier quote. Do you think one could subsitute "love" for "laugh"? If so, then the quote resembles a thought I often have.

By Blogger Laurie, at 11:49 AM  

Umm.. I meant Meir. Sorry.

By Blogger Laurie, at 11:50 AM  

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