Heart Religion

And God said: I will give them one heart, and put a new spirit within them; I will take the stony heart out of their flesh and give them a heart of flesh, that they may walk in my statutes and keep my ordinances. (Ezekiel 11:19-20)

It is well with those who deal generously and lend, who conduct their affairs with justice.

They are not afraid of evil tidings; their hearts are firm, trusting in the Lord.

Their hearts are steady, they will not be afraid." (Psalm 112:5-9)

Behold the days are coming, says the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and the house of Judah.

I will put my law within them, and I will write it upon their heart. (Jeremiah 31:31-34)

Where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. (Matthew 6:21)

Now the company of those who believed were of one heart and soul, and no one said that any of the things which they possessed were their own, but they had everything in common. (Acts 4:32)

Create in me a clean heart, O God—a heart alight with your passion, guided by your wisdom!

©Ken Sehested, from In the Land of the Living: Prayers personal and public @prayerandpolitiks.org