Psalm 86: 11-12
Teach me your way, O Lord, that I may walk in your truth; give me an undivided heart to revere your name.
I give thanks to you, O Lord my God, with my whole heart, and I will glorify your name forever.
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The words that leaped out at me this morning were "undivided" and "whole." Forgive me but it reminded me of a demonic geometry teacher I had in high school who defined the term "bifurcate" in the following manner: "Imagine a stairway with a long banister. You are at the top. Instead of using the stairs, you decide to straddle the banister to ride it to the bottom. Half-way down as you travel at full speed, the banister suddenly turns into a razor blade. That is bifurcate. " Like I said, forgive me. Chances are I made you wince and the image will never leave you and meaning of the word bifurcate is forever tattooed on your now bloody lexicon. sorry. It is a potent image of what we endure each day as human beings. We are divided and left in pieces. We have to divide our money, our time, our hearts, our attention. We have to choose who is telling us the truth. We have to live uncomfortably inside our own skin when we feel conflicted and ashamed. The psalmist's plea for an undivided and whole heart cries out from those of us who are holding the broken pieces of our lives and our hearts in our hands like a child with a precious but broken toy. The One who promises a way of truth and wholeness is worthy of our attention and praise.
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Make me whole, Lord, and make us whole. Amen.
Deb Grant, resilient child of God, creative tinker of paper, ink, wood, shiny things, paint and words. The human amusement of a parrot and a dog.
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