Pagosa Springs Artists

A Merciful Heart

Scripture says
God does not want worship
in temples of cold marble and metallic gold,
rather the true worship of a merciful heart--

a heart that hears the cry
of the abandoned, sees sorrow
in the eyes of the distressed,
tastes the fear of the oppressed.

Jesus told us His Father wants
the worship of souls
that leave their altar-gift
to go first asking forgiveness--
or grant it--to another soul,

the worship of people seeking God
in utter neediness,
with absolute humility,
like infants in their trust,

with enthusiastic love--
as from little children,
spontaneous praise,
unflagging hope.



first published in Penned From The Heart Devotional

©2004 Bonnie Manion


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