give us NEW hearts, Lord

we have hard hearts. this contributes to our relational problems and sins. i am not referring to individual character flaws– (hard heartedness exists there too. i speak from personal experience.) i am talking about we as communities/cultures/societies and how we see one another and God. it was part of the israelites’ experience in the desert (exodus 17) referred to here in psalm 95:

O that today you would listen to his voice! ‘Harden not your hearts.’

Come, ring out our joy to the Lord;  hail the rock who saves us.Let us come before him, giving thanks,  with songs let us hail the Lord. ’Come in; let us bow and bend low;  let us kneel before the God who made us:for he is our God and we  the people who belong to his pasture,  the flock that is led by his hand. O that today you would listen to his voice!  ‘Harden not your hearts as at Meribah,  as on that day at Massah in the desert when your fathers put me to the test;  when they tried me, though they saw my work

grumbling hardens hearts; renewal heals them

what am i grumbling about these days? being a not-so-ideal son? not praying? not getting what i want?

how does grumbling shape me?

what do we as communities grumble about these days? covid lockdown? race relations? poverty in immigrant communities?

how does grumbling shape us?

bring healing to our hurting, harden hearts Lord. let us hear your voice calling us to life!

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