You yourselves are our letter, written on our hearts, known and read by everybody. You show that you are a letter from Christ, the result of our ministry, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts", (2 Corinthians 3:2-3 NIV)
I have kept special letters over the years are keepsakes. I have some my father wrote to my mother when he was overseas during WWII and both were awaiting my birth. A chronology of my life is strung along with each precious word in these letters. Heartfelt would describe them. Our hearts are wellsprings and when genuine love is expressed from them, delight follows.
These human expressions are meaningful but I was in the heart of God before creation. He was awaiting the time to start my heartbeat and deliver me to my earthly home. I want to move intertwined with the plans He has for me - even when those plans include living with chronic physical challenges. He is near. There is a heartstring connection. He encourages me to "be strong and take heart" as I hope in Him. (Psalm 31:24)
Paul was exhorting the Corinthians to recognize that they were born anew in their relationship with Christ. That same Spirit that enlivened them dwells in me. How can I let out this love deposited within me so that it can be read? First I need to spend heart-to- heart time with God in stillness. He is the first one who is to receive my love. Next my heart is to be loving towards others. I need to find ways to let the time spent with God splash over with encouragement and acceptance of them. They too were born from the heat of God. If I stumble and do not get this right, a contrite heart will get me back on track. This means not only my spirit but my eyes and mind must be watchful to seize the opportunities as the beat of life goes on around me and within me.
Prayer: Holy Spirit, keep me alert to your heartbeat so that all my words and action bring glory back to God. Amen.