DayBreaks for 12/24/13 – God’s Heart Transplant
Ezekiel 36:26 (NLT) And I will give you a new heart, and I will put a new spirit in you. I will take out your stony, stubborn heart and give you a tender, responsive heart.
Today I’m sharing something that Ann Voskamp wrote. The background: 13-year old Taylor Storch and her family had gone to Colorado for a little skiing. Taylor laughed loud coming down the mountain, but then she fell – right down a straight rocky slant of the earth. Ann continues: “By nightfall, she was gone, slipped off this earth and Home, and her parents, Tara and Todd, were signing papers to give away Taylor’s still-warm heart.
They ended up giving Taylor’s heart to a woman, Patricia Winters, in Arizona whose heart was failing so badly that she couldn’t get off the couch anymore.
When someone called to tell Ann and her family about the accident, Ann wrote: “There’s been ugly sin this week and there’s been dead weary and there’s been more than a few moments I haven’t known how to go on.
“Taylor’s mama had only one request.” I lean against the window sill, head against the cool pane, tell my Mama what Max had said, how he had shown us a photo of Taylor with her mama. How Taylor’s mama had called Patricia Winters and asked her if she could come hear her heart.
“Oh my.” Mama murmurs what only a mama can feel. The clock’s ticking on the wall.
“And Max had told us how Taylor’s mama flew from Dallas to Phoenix and knocked on Patricia Winters’ door and Patricia Winters walked right past the couch and she opened the door and she opened her arms and she welcomed them in. And Taylor’s mama fell into her arms and the two mothers just held each other, Taylor’s heart beating right there next to her weeping Mama’s.
‘And then Patricia Winters reached over and handed Taylor’s Mama a stethoscope.
“And she laid that stethoscope up against Patricia Winters and she could hear it, right there in Patricia as clear as a beckoning bell: Thrum. Thrum.
“Taylor’s mama could hear it loud and long, right there in her ears…Thrum.
“Like a thunder vibrating right through her — Thrum.
“Her daughter’s still-beating heart.
“Oh… I can’t…” Mama chokes out the words. “I can’t even imagine.”
“Can’t imagine. Can’t Believe… Miracle.
“And then Max had asked us slow and quiet. “What was Taylor’s Mama really hearing?”
“It indwells a different body, but that heart is the heart of her girl…. ” Max said. “And when God hears your heart, that’s what He hears — the still-beating heart of His Son.”
“Your heart can’t forgive the tactless no-so-great Aunt, your heart can’t forgive the words that should never have been said, your heart can’t forgive the remark that was more like a blade and left a mark how many years later. Your heart can’t forgive the step-mother, the side joke, the backhand, the over-the-top family that just gets under your skin.
“Your heart can’t forgive. That’s why He gave you His.
“When you don’t think you can forgive what she’s said about you —-
“When you don’t think you can forget what he’s done to you –
“When it’s His heart beating in you — you can forgive in a heart beat.
“I look up from the sink. The Christmas tree is there by the fireplace — and it’s right there, what all the hard relationships, gatherings, families need at Christmas: the Tree is where God’s grace does heart transplants: God takes broken hearts —- and gives you His.” – Ann Voskamp, A Holy Experience blog
PRAYER: Thank You, Lord Jesus, for not just becoming like us in the Incarnation, but showing us Your heart, and giving us Your heart! May we hear Your heart beating a little stronger in each of us this Christmas. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Copyright 2013 by Galen C. Dalrymple.
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