“You gotta have heart! All ya really need is heart!”

I remember those lyrics from the song “Heart” in the 1958 production of Damn Yankees. It was a pop-tune back then, and I sang it often, but how true it was then and how true it is now.

Every morning in my wake-up prayers, I pray that we can strengthen our hearts to do God’s will on earth. In this season of Advent, we pray for transformation; we pray for the enlightenment of our leaders to offer a kinder, caring world. If we keep our hearts open, we hear God’s voice inviting us to opportunities to serve, to heal, to comfort, those in need.

We are blessed by this invitation.

© Russell Kendall Carter

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