First, a “Big” thanks to Melissa Fraley, Jacki Roy, Dr. Andy & Barbara Faber, Robyn Faucy-Washington MSM, Dr. Bert Mitchell, Megan Natherson, Trudi & Thomas Mueller, Anne Gibson, Laura & Mike Myer, Kristine Nickels and Jim Leiner, who all shared a daily reflection during this Epiphany season. We are grateful for you and how your faith makes a difference. It was enjoyable to read and ponder what you wrote.  Thank you all and if folks are up for it we’ll do it again.

During this time I was able to sit on my thinking chair without the stress of producing.  But I soon discovered that if I wasn’t thinking about what to write or share, I tended to forget all the brilliant or merely good or just ordinary or even challenging thoughts that were revealed in my quiet time.  So, fortunately or unfortunately, I now have a semi-organized list of themes to write about for our daily reflections.
I just finished Fredrik Backman’s “A Man called Ove.” Now, you do not have to take this an endorsement for your next read. It was entertaining enough but the story does not nor could it move very quickly. Ove, the main character, is an old curmudgeon and a very serious one at that. (I may now have a new hero.) Ove is the kind of man who, as one reviewer writes, “Points at people he dislikes as if they were burglars caught outside his bedroom window. He has staunch principles, strict routines, and a short fuse. People call him the bitter neighbor from hell, but must Ove be bitter just because he doesn’t walk around with a smile plastered to his face all the time?”  (Patience. I’m getting to the point or perhaps after a couple of weeks of being undisciplined, I’m still figuring out what point I want to make. Guess we’ll have to see.)
Ove has a medical emergency and after numerous tests, Ove, the old curmudgeon, (my new hero) is diagnosed by the cardiologist to have a “big heart.” Funny – simply funny. The old curmudgeon has too big of a heart.   (Medically, I believe it is called cardiomegaly and as important as it is to know and then treat the underlying conditions, it’s not actually the point I want to offer.)   It’s the connection between a “big heart” and a greater faithfulness that I want to invite you to think about. Is the size of your heart determined by the actions of your faithfulness?

Scripture Reading Matthew 22:36-39        
“Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?” He said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the greatest and first commandment.  And a second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’”

Reflection Questions:
What does it mean to love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul and mind?
What are you doing to strengthen your heart?
What neighbors need a bit of your love?

Prayer: Holy God, let me have a bigger heart because I want others to know that there is a more excellent way to live.  Amen.

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