GOD’S HEART beats in an ever-flowing, threefold pulse. God dwells at the center of creation — in the center of our being — as a source of life and love, inviting broken humanity to rest in the healing bosom of compassion, to be restored into a humanity loved and alive, and to pulsate into our wounded world as agents of compassion. We complete this cycle only to return again to the source of God’s love, become replenished, and enter once again into the body of our broken world.
Jesus’ spiritual path invites us to participate ever more fully in the three movements of this sacred rhythm. Through this process, the pulse of our lives beats more in harmony with the pulse of God flowing through creation. The process transforms the very rhythms of our hearts to beat as one with God’s heart that aches for the world. In the ancient world, people spoke of the heart as the vital center of the body. Our heart’s focus determines our deepest allegiances, investments, passions, and pursuits. As Jesus observes, “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (Luke 12:34). Jesus cautions against centering our hearts on such anemic spiritual fare as wealth, honor, and social positioning. Instead, our heart is most healthy and vital when centered on God. . . .
Indeed a pure heart soaks up the compassion of God, beats in sync with God’s own pulse, and bears more fully God’s heart for the world. A heart that beats at one with God’s is a heart that holds others with care, savors and celebrates their healing and vitality, and supports them as they move through the world in pursuit of life and love. This heart grows increasingly more tender and beats with the pulse of compassion.
– Frank Rogers Jr.
Compassion in Practice
From page 22 of Compassion in Practice: The Way of Jesus by Frank Rogers Jr. Copyright 2016 by Frank Rogers Jr. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.
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And David became greater and greater, for the LORD, the God of hosts, was with him.
2 Samuel 5:10, NRSV
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This week we remember: Thomas (July 3).
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