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Dwelling in the Heart of Love

Dwelling in the Heart of Love

“One thing I asked of the Lord,
that will I seek after:
to live in the house of the LORD
all the days of my life” – Psalm 27

“One thing have I asked of Love,
that I shall ever seek:
That I might dwell in the Heart of Love
all the days of my life.”

– Psalm 27, Nan C. Merrill translation

To dwell in house of the Lord, which is to dwell in the Heart of Love, the very epicenter of love who is God. This psalm has been part of my prayer this past week. It is reminding me of how close our God is and how much God desires for us to dwell in place established by God – a place of love no matter the day or the season.

Continuing to navigate through this pandemic, dealing with new “new normals” and struggling with what is safe, what is needed and wondering if there will be enough is exhausting. I am learning time and again that I must choose hope for it is found in the Heart of Love. I encourage us to lean into this hope and the beauty of dwelling in the Heart of Love.

Dwelling in the Heart of Love
in days of rejoicing,
in days of right steps,
in days which are long,
in days which are lonely.

Dwelling in the Heart of Love
when I am at peace,
when I am free,
when I am worrying,
when I am tired.

Dwelling in the Heart of Love
in the moments of quiet,
in the moments of demands,
in the moments of prayer,
in the moments of service.

Dwelling in the Heart of Love
when I am celebrating,
when I am in sorrow,
when I am feeling it is too much,
when I am aware of God’s love.

 

Yes, it is good to dwell always
in the house of the Lord –
which is found anywhere
and everyday
in a heart, in my heart
where faith, hope and love dwell.