TODAY THE WORDS are THE MERRY HEART. I find people have two descriptions of the heart; one is the clinical term and one is the emotional attachment to the heart. For those scientists and analytical people, they are more in tune to the beating heart rather than the merry heart. Let’s look at how we reference the non clinical heart. If our heart gets “broken”, we experience sadness. If we are happy, we have a merry heart and we say it is full of laughter. Is that possible? Do we feel with our heart? Artists for so many years have painted hearts, children have associated hearts with valentines showing endearment or affection. Songwriters and singers have poured out song after song with validation of broken hearts, and sadness. Songs of love refer to the heart. Bravery is attached to a strong and patriotic heart. Why do we humans attach so much emotion to our heart? We place our hand to our heart for pledging allegiance to our flag in high respect. I ask again, why so much emphasis on our merry hearts; why so much sadness in our hearts when something tragic happens; why so much emphasis on the heart for signs of loyalty and patronage?
We define the heart in two ways: 1) a hollow muscular organ that pumps the blood through the circulatory system by rhythmic contraction and dilation. In vertebrates there may be up to four chambers (as in humans), with two atria and two ventricles or 2) the central or innermost part of something. I can see the heart starting out when we are little, maybe being hollow until it is filled with different feelings (speaking metaphorically of course) and this is a representation of a spirit of which the physical cover is not significant for its purpose. Notice the second meaning as the heart being a reference to the central or innermost part of something and I relate to the heart as being the most innermost part of our spirit. We reference the “pounding” of our hearts to reflect fear or excitement because it beats faster when we experience a heightened sense of emotions.
Now for the deeper thought….However the heart feels; so goes the day or the person. When we laugh outwardly, and that is the best medicine there is; our heart becomes merry and we feel happiness. We need to give our hearts that feeling of happiness by adding more laughter into our everyday life. Live life; love life; and love life to the fullest by allowing your heart to laugh and smile and by all means allow your heart to love!
DAILY FEATURED BIBLE VERSE:
“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God. “
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