Rend Your Heart

“Rend your hearts and not your clothing.”

Let the glory of the Lord pierce your heart.
Allow it to pull apart the stitches you have wrapped it in,
permit the glue that binds it to disintegrate in the wake of majesty,
stay still as the bandages around it fall to the ground.

Cease holding your heart together,
rend it to him.

Let the glory of the Lord pierce your heart.
Bid farewell to the trappings of motions,
reject the temptation of shallow habits,
spurn thoughtless words and meaningless prayers.

Cease holding your heart together,
rend it to him.

Let the glory of the Lord pierce your heart.
Acknowledge that you have been broken,
see the pain that you have been subjected to,
concede that you are a sinner.

Cease holding your heart together,
rend it to him.

The unmitigated disaster of our human optimism has left us
broken,
shattered,
without healing.
Redemption and forgiveness cannot be accepted until
penitence,
contrition,
repentance.

Torn garments means nothing if the heart is artificially held together.
Fasting is inconsequential if the soul is already starved.
Prayer is trivial if the mind is directed away from God.

Let the glory of the Lord pierce your heart.
Acknowledge that you have been broken,
reject the temptation of shallow habits,
stay still as the bandages around it fall to the ground.

Cease holding your heart together,
rend it to him.
Wait for him in silence.
Pour out your heart before him.
Accept redemption and find refuge in him.

“Rend your hearts and not your clothing.”


More about Joel 2.12-13 here

(scripture quotation taken from The New Revised Standard Version)

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