Heart Transplant

Today’s Reflection

EVEN THOUGH my conversion took place over forty years ago, I continue to find pieces of hard stone in my heart. There are still moments when I forget God and want to be at the center, to be in control, to handle matters in my own way. Often I get discouraged by these struggles to love unselfishly those close to me. But I have learned to return to Christ who never gives up on me. I keep myself open to his spirit, confess my failure to love, and continue to trust that God will complete the heart transplant that was begun in me long ago. And, through all of this, my love for God has deepened and grown more than I can describe.

—Trevor Hudson
Holy Spirit Here and Now

From page 40 of Holy Spirit Here and Now by Trevor Hudson. Copyright © 2013 by The Upper Room. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. Learn more about or purchase this book.

Today’s Question

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Today’s Scripture

I will give them one heart, and put a new spirit within them; I will remove the heart of stone from their flesh and give them a heart of flesh.
—Ezekial 11:19, NRSV

Prayer for the Week

by the light of the Holy Spirit
you have taught the hearts of your faithful.
In the same Spirit
help us to relish what is right
and always rejoice in your consolation.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
From A Book of Prayers © 1982, ICEL. All rights reserved.

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