when my sins are ever before me?
How can I speak Your Name
when my eyes are focused on worldly things?
How can I even begin to hear You
when my heart is full of darkness?
Mine enemies are always upon me Lord
my wickedness engulfs my inner being
I come to You, LORD, with a contrite spirit
seeking Your forgiveness and redemption
so my countenance can be as radiant as the sun
my heart whiter than blankets of snow
I bow low, prostrate to the ground a sacrifice of
praise rupturing from the pit of my soul
in thanksgiving as I hear You, quietly say,
“My daughter, it is finished. You are redeemed.”
~Marcell Warner Bridges
©29 November 2015
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of my children recently had some issues with her heart that landed her
in the hospital emergency room. As a result, I did a little research on
the Internet and discovered that physical heart attacks usually occur
when a clot blocks the flow of blood through a coronary artery, damaging
or destroying part of the heart muscle. Heart attacks can be fatal
because people often don’t take the symptoms seriously. They confuse
them with a minor illness like indigestion and thus delay going to the
hospital. So recognizing the symptoms becomes critical.
My daughter’s issues have been addressed, but her rather frightening episode made me think of spiritual heart attacks. While they may not be fatal to our eternal life, they can cause us to lose heart so that we are rendered ineffective in service. Instead of experiencing victory and joy, we plunge into defeat and despair, trudging our way through the Christian life as though walking through heavy mud.