When I think of reliquaries as defined by shrines or ancient holy relics, then it causes me to marvel even more at the way God entrusted His sacred self to be housed within our souls. The bare bones of holy breath get to take up residence in souls of dust. We cannot ever measure the depth or extent of it in our minds or lives.
But we can become aware of the measures God has taken to connect with us. Because the bible reveals the awe-inspiring holy wonder of Easter, when Jesus came to live on earth, die for us and dwell forever in our hearts. Though we have our part to play in receiving His presence, as we recognise the barriers of our bad behaviour, turn away from those things and embrace His mercy and grace.
God doesn’t force entry into our hearts. We can resist, ignore, tell Him to go away. Or we can open up, confess our sin and failure and invite Him to come in. God gave us life and breath, and He waits patiently for us to recognise our need of His immeasurable, unconditional love so that He can fully inhabit our hearts.
“…I’ll give you a new heart, put a new spirit in you. I’ll remove the stone heart from your body and replace it with a heart that’s God-willed, not self-willed. I’ll put my Spirit in you and make it possible for you to do what I tell you and live by my commands…” — Ezekiel 36:26-27 The Message
buried within our hearts
they’re time capsules
recessed deep, accessed by faith
of old truth eternal
inside our dusty souls
hidden but within reach
tablets of stone
were split, separated
at Moses’ hands
cast down in anger, breaking
of God’s holy commands
no relic now
we’ve been given a new law
it’s written on
human hearts as conscience
which we can choose to ignore
the measure of his given grace
is not a sentence we bear
but a state that spells release
I’m grateful to be linking my poem with the fabulous five-minute-friday writing crew gathering at Kate Motaung’s place. You are welcome to join us here as we write on this week’s prompt of “measure”, and read the great posts being shared.
Friends, I’m needing to pause my poetic thoughts for a few weeks in order to visit family, celebrate Easter and rest. Meanwhile, you might like to take a look at my latest book, which is an eclectic collection of poetry, soul exhale reflections and blessings. Perhaps you could treat yourself to it for Easter or Mothering Sunday/Mother’s Day? It’s called Embracing Hope: Soul Food to Help Chase Away the Blues and it’s available now on Amazon Kindle. A paperback copy will follow in due course.
“Are you in need of a fresh infusion of hope? Could you use some help to regain the hope you’ve lost? Because when life gets tough, especially if we’re chronically sick or simply low and discouraged, hope can be hard to muster or hold on to. This gentle soul companion guide will help steer you in the right direction..”
May you have a blessed Easter break. I look forward to catching up with you again on April 26th or soon after, God willing. 🙂 ❤ xox
10 thoughts on “reliquaries: how our hearts become repositories of God’s grace”
Blessings as you take some time with family.
Thanks, Tara, we’re looking forward to seeing them. xo 💜
I hope you have a blessed break. Peace and risen hope be with you.
What a lovely blessing.Thank you, Rich! 😊
of old truth eternal
inside our dusty souls
hidden but within reach”
Oh this stanza touches my heart so deeply, especially this week as my soul does feel so dusty. Thank God His truth is so eternal, forever kept safe in my heart by Him! And thank God for the beautiful gift of your new book my friend! Congratulations!!! May you truly enjoy your much-deserved rest! Blessings, love, and hugs to you! xoxo
Bettie, I understand how dry, depleted and dusty we can feel at times, and I am so sorry for the struggles you continue to have with the infusions. It must be very wearying. But I am grateful for the way these words have spoken to you. Thank you for your lovely encouragement and support for my book! Rest is very much required after the marathon effort to complete it. Blessings, love and hugs to you, dear friend! xoxo 💜
Wishing you love, happiness, and healing during this joyous holiday.
Such beautiful wishes! Thank you and bless you, dear Deborah. xo 💜
Love, a state that spells release, just beautiful. Why do people want to stay under the law instead enjoying the freedom of grace. Congratulations on your book, have a blessed holiday.
Becky, I think we often feel chained to our past or held hostage to our emotions. Then we might temporarily forget how we have been set free by grace and released to live in a whole new way. But once we do understand the extent of God’s freeing love for us, then we desire to live differently. Thank you so much for your congratulations! I hope to be able to rest and recover, as well as enjoying quality time with our family. Blessings. 😊💟