What do you take to heart?

What words, memories, emotions do you pull close and invite into that sacred, tender, heart-space? I find we often take to heart the painful stuff: hurtful words, losses, personal failures, people who have done us wrong. For some reason (even when we don’t want to!) those awful things end up in our hearts. In fact, the definition of “take to heart” is “to be deeply affected or hurt by something… ‘He took their criticism (very much) to heart.’”

Psalm 107 uses this phase in a different way, encouraging us to take to heart the story of God’s work:
Those who are wise will take all this to heart;
they will see in our history the faithful love of the Lord. Psalm 107:43

The previous 42 verses of this Psalm recount God’s miracles, his blessings, the forgiveness and mercy he offers. This Psalm closes with these words: “Those who are wise will take all this to heart; they will see in our history the faithful love of the Lord.”

What do you take to heart? What do you pull close? God asks us to take to heart what is good. Not the sin, but God’s forgiveness of you. Not the illness, but God’s presence with you. Not that awful betrayer, but a Savior who endured the world’s worst and wraps his nail-scarred hands around you. Take those amazing things to heart this week.

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