Black, cold, and hard, the heart hides under the covering. Lifeless. Loveless. Beating only to please itself, producing many poisons...
Pride. Lust. Sarcasm. Disparity. Anger. Deceit. Haughtiness. Jealousy.
The poison is pumped through the body, overtaking it with a power than seems impossible to fight. It encases the heart and mind with a thick black crust. Saturating the mind until it believes it belongs. Life is simply an endeavor to please the poison. To fill the desires the poison brings.
It does not belong.
We do not have to live with hearts of stone.
The Light comes and breaks through the smallest crack in the poison. The tiny ray pushes it's way through the crust, bringing a sudden burst of life to the heart.
Somewhere deep within, it begins to beat.
Slowly at first, for it is still encased in the crust of the poison, which is desperately trying to close the crack created by the Light.
But the Light cannot be stopped.
The center of the heart grows warm as the Light continues to push through the crust. It beats stronger and faster, breaking the crust open wider and allowing more Light in.
The heart thirsts for the Light. It soaks it up, and soon the heart is glowing pink. Fleshy. Warm.
The burning lines of poison are being overtaken with the salve of the Light.
Hope. Kindness. Love. Gratitude. Humility. Thankfulness. Grace. Mercy.
They course through the veins, saturating the weary mind with a new life. Soon, the whole body glows, as the salves heal the burning, charred areas where the poison once was.
The salve of the Light has healed the heart, but the battle is not over. The poison will always try to come back for what it once held so tightly as long as there is any life in the heart. The Light will always reveal the poison and smother it with salve, letting the salve overtake the body.
The beauty comes when the salve covers the body completely. The salve begins to glow, reflecting the Light onto the other bodies it encounters.
The Light is now able to penetrate the poisonous crust in their hearts.. The tiny ray pushes it's way through the crust, bringing a sudden burst of life to the heart.
"Moreover, I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; and I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh." Ezekiel 36:26