Thursday, March 17, 2011
Favorite Book: The Heart's Journey
I love the story told without words in the book “The Heart’s Journey” by Judy Pelikan. The illustrations depict a heart that encounters pain and suffering, yet finds the strength and capacity to heal.
This is a universal story of love, loss, and the growing process that leads to blooming in our barren places.
Experiencing broken hearts – including difficult times during which God can be near and tutor us – may actually help us keep our hearts open receptacles for God’s greenery. Our trials, large and small, can soften and refine us rather than harden and pull us away from the gifts of God.
God can open and transform our hearts. The scriptures read, “I will take the stony heart out of their flesh, and will give them an heart of flesh.” (Ezekiel 11:19)