St James Ministry Team

A blog from the Ministry Team of St James Church, Colwall, Herefordshire, UK


The Heart Song

I came across a quotation the other day that has been at the back of my mind ever since:

"When words dies on the lips
a song begins in the heart."
(Rabindranath Tagore)
I may not have got it entirely right (of course I can't find it again now!) but the essence is there.
For me, at the moment, this speaks very strongly of the need to lay aside your expectations, your hopes and even your skills - the "words on your lips" - and listen to what God is trying to make you hear in your heart. In your heart, because you have to be willing to love what he sends, even if it is not what you want to say.

It speaks also to those terrible moments of loss that come to us all. It is only then that the heart has space, in silence of human agony, to begin to sing. Right now, at Passiontide, that is a challenging thought.

But the quotation could have so many other interpretations in different situations. Think about them. It may say something different to you.


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