On Your Heart

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“You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, all your soul, and all your might.  And these words which I command you today shall be on your heart” (Deuteronomy 6:5–6).

Richard Chess writes:

On your heart. Why on and not in, asks Rabbi Menachem Mendl of Kotzk (1787–1859).

Because hearts aren’t always open, the Rebbe teaches, so the words are placed there. We place them there by repeating them, to ourselves, to our children. When we sit in our house and when we walk by the way, when we lie down and when we rise up, when we feel inclined to speak them and when we don’t, when they feel near and when they feel distant, the words are placed there so when the heart does open, these words, these very words placed on the heart (why not in the mind?) will enter like a guest who waits patiently at the door until we are ready to unlock, open, and welcome her into our house, only to discover that what we had thought until now was our home is her home, and we are her guests here.


This is a variation on “The Heart breaks and the Word falls in“, and I ask again:

What is your experience of God’s word on your heart?


About R.H. (Rusty) Foerger

As I enter the third third of life, I am becoming aware of the role of elders today “to enlarge spiritual vision, being devoted to prayer, living in the face of death, as a living curriculum of the Christian life” (Dr. James M. Houston). I am a life long and life wide learner who seeks to: *decipher the enigma of our worth *rescue from the agony of prayerlessness *integrate spiritual friendship.
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2 Responses to On Your Heart

  1. GriffithsKL says:

    I call myself a writer, but it is too difficult to put into words my experience of God’s word on my heart. I describe things I can describe. God is indescribable.

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    • You are in good company: The apostle Paul exclaims, “Thanks be unto God for His unspeakable gift!” (II Cor 9:15). The truth is: the ineffable is by design, indescribable. Many years ago I read Thomas Merton’s “Thoughts in Solitude” and came upon something perplexing to me at the time: “God does not tell His purest secrets to one who is prepared to reveal them… there are secrets which cannot be told. The mere desire to tell them makes us incapable of receiving them. The greatest of God’s secrets is God Himself. He awaits to communicate Himself to me in a way that I can never express to others…” I understand this now, and as you put it so simply (the gift of a writer), “God is indescribable.” Thanks for your comments, and may you enjoy more of the secrets of the One who made you for Himself.

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