A Heart For God

No doubt you have heard the old saying, “The heart of the matter is a matter of the heart.”  In this month of February, it is appropriate to focus on matters of the heart as we see Valentine’s Day promoted in every retail outlet and the American Heart Association promoting the wearing of red drawing attention to heart health and the prevention of heart disease. This February, in fact this Valentine’s Day, the Lenten season begins with Ash Wednesday. How appropriate is that? We will be observing this special day with an Ash Wednesday service at 6:30pm. At the heart of the service will be a fresh focus on the meaning of Lent and the journey that leads us toward Easter and the risen Christ. I can’t say much more without giving away the details of the service, but I will say that we will focus on matters of the heart. Neither time nor space allows me to track the significance of the heart mentioned in Scripture from Genesis through Revelation. In fact the Zondervan NIV Exhaustive Concordance, Second Ed., lists 777 references to the words, heart or hearts. Let me just say, as it relates to the spirit of humility in preparing for the Lenten season, that David’s words in Psalm 51, “Create in me a pure heart, O God” and Jesus’ words in the synoptic gospels, “The greatest law is this, ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart, mind, soul and strength and your neighbor as yourself'”, lie at the heart of what God wants to do IN and THROUGH every believer! Lent is a time to focus on spiritual heart issues bringing God back to center stage of faith and first in our priorities and ministry to others. The old hymn asks, “Is Thy Heart Right with God?” The journey of Lent is a time to personally answer that question. Let’s walk together toward the sunrise of God’s hope and grace as we pursue Jesus Christ this Lenten season. Pray for those who have been and are sick. Encourage each other. See you Sunday!  ~ PB