Pure In Heart, by Marian StrubleJul 1st, 2010 | By Kimberly Dinsdale | Category: Coaching Women - Guest Posts, [None]
I am always amazed at the ways God speaks to me. When Im listening, the message is so clear, even though it often comes to me in unexpected form.
That was the way it was a few days ago. I was at a local rest home, conducting census business. I was sitting at a table in the dining hall doing paper work. Directly across from me was an elderly woman. Ruth was confined to a wheel chair, and although alert, could not speak. I greeted her warmly and continued with my work.
Later that morning, while walking to a room to interview a patient, I met Ruth again in the hallway. As I passed, she reached for my hand. Assuming that she just wanted my touch, I offered it. She took my hand and brought it to her lips, planting a kiss. Such a tender moment.
Feeling the profoundness of her loving act, I blessed her and continued on. As I walked, I too pondered what had just happened.
Later as I spoke with the administrator, I commented on Ruth. He responded, Whenever were feeling bad about ourselves, or had a bad day, we stop and see Ruth.
Later that evening, recalling this precious God moment, I was so humbled it brought tears to my eyes. You see, I had assumed she needed something from me. Instead, I saw a pure heart. She had her own stuff to deal with, but was unaware of her trouble. She was aware of someone else and reached out to them, asking for nothing in return.
To many, it would seem that her life was over. After all, the quality was gone. Or was it? Ruth just was. Her purpose was the same as ours. To be who we are and show love to others. She was completely Ruth in that moment. No masks, not even cognizant of her own needs. She was the face of God as she reached out to kiss the hand of a passerby. She could not speak in an audible voice, but her words resounded loud and clear in my heart.
I love you! You are special! I honor you with this kiss. You are significant. I noticed you.
How many times have I walked by the unloved without showing love? How many times have I forgotten to tell someone how special he or she is to me? How many times have I dishonored a person or relationship in my life? How often have I treated someone as insignificant? How often have I been so focused on my needs, that I did not notice someone else and myself?
The final question haunts me most of all. How often do I give because I want something in return? Money, recognition, approval, applause or whatever else I think I need at the moment.
I want to walk in the pureness of heart that Ruth had. How about you? Will you join me in this prayer?
Lord, create in me a pure heart.
Renew a right spirit in me.
Let me live in close communion with you so that I might be unaware of myself and totally aware of others.
Help me give to others the gifts I have been given, with no thought of what I might receive in return.
Let me be like Ruth.
Let me reach out to the ones who are passing by, kissing their hand with the kiss of God.
Marian Struble is the founder of Connected Life Ministries and a certified Christian Life Coach.
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