Heart Sounds

Treasures. When we were kids, they were something we’d find that we perceived had value. As teens and young adults, “things” became important. Soon, the kind of car we drove, or the size and style of the house we purchased earned us a certain status among our peers.

Then…some of us grew up. Maybe we lost a job. Or the house went into foreclosure. Or someone dear to us died. Or we knew someone with a terrible illness. Suddenly, “things” that had been important to us in the past diminished in importance. Suddenly, we were able to recognize the value of a years-old friendship. Suddenly, helping someone in need gave more satisfaction than climbing a corporate ladder to the top.

So, what changed? I think we began valuing people over things. We began seeing beyond the obvious. Inside that cocky young man, we could now recognize a person who would fight for something or someone of value in his life. Beyond the crabby disposition of that widow down the street, we now saw a stoic, but tired individual who was alone and afraid, merely trying to survive in today’s economy.

Yes, we began seeing more deeply…feeling more humanely…loving more generously…and actually treasuring these new “seasonings” to our lives.

”…for where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.”  Is your heart beginning to beat?

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The Prisoner's Prayer Book

Louise is author of The Prisoner's Prayer Book which evolved as she became a volunteer in prison ministry. Retired from a career in social services, Louise resides in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.

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