2015.08.14: hardness of heart

He said to them, “Because of the hardness of your hearts Moses allowed you to divorce your wives, but from the beginning it was not so. – Mt 19:8

the hardness of our heart lies
within the emptiness from inside
made up of countless empty vows
and broken promises. we fill our
altars with gods of our making and
idols that we fashion. we fill our
scrolls with rules that make “us” feel
holy and make “them” infidels. we
seek to control everything except the
one thing which we can: our choice.
that which grace has given we do not
recognize and do not appreciate until
something or someone takes it away.
yet we worry about the things of this
world that must give way and squander
our chance at a life filled with joy
in abundance. we seek to divorce our
spouse when it is our self which
we seek to separate. the hardness of
our heart is the hollowness of our
soul. there is only one cure.