As I arrived this morning, one of our volunteers told me we had five new families today for our food pantry at the church. A trip downstairs revealed that chairs lining the hallway were full and children were quietly playing on the floor as their families waited their turn for food. We’ve been getting busier lately. From July of 2016 to December, we distributed over 6,000 pounds of food—that’s three tons in six months! In an average month, we are helping to feed about 100 people out of this little church. How happy we are to be able to provide this service. How sad that the service is needed.
How’s your heart? Mine’s just had a tune-up. New parts, my plugs unplugged, at least a five-point job. But the heart I’m really asking about is the one that feels and experiences emotion and enables relationship with others. The heart that expresses empathy, sympathy, compassion, and, most importantly, love.
The New Testament word for heart is kardia, from which we get cardiac and cardiology, words with which I am sadly too familiar. According to the Bible Study Tools’ Bible Dictionary, between the New Testament word, kardia and the Old Testament word, lebab, “heart” occurs more than 1,000 times in the Bible. That makes it the most human-related word in scripture. Continue reading