From the Heart to the Mind
In our bodies it is only a short distance from the heart to the mind, but sometimes it can seem like it is much bigger. When I hear about people in need, suffering, social injustice in the world, our country, our community or in people I know I want to respond with my heart. It can be through the charities I support, ministries I am involved with or even visiting the sick in the hospital or nursing home. Although with the current pandemic, the in person visits are not possible at this time. Still I can offer my prayers.
On the other hand, there are times when my mind seems to be in control. When I am safely wrapped in the cocoon of my car and another driver does something that irritates me: driving too fast, slow, no turn signal, etc., etc, etc., I react more with my head, often with unkind thoughts. It is at these times that I need to remind myself that I don’t know all of the reasons and that this person is a child of God, just like me with all of the hopes, fears and worries that we all share. This is also an opportunity for prayer. Not so much for the other person, but that God will move my thoughts from the head to the heart so I can respond with charity.