God knows what pains us and what brings us pleasure. He has access to our deepest longings for significance. He observes our desire to be noticed, accepted, validated and loved.
But often God uses people to hear the cries of other people and respond with sincere love and care, to reach out and hearten another soul. If we will only learn to pay attention, to live alert. We can purpose to listen between the spoken words to understand what others are really feeling — and what they are trying to say. We reflect the love of Jesus as we seek to hear the heart-cries of another.
May we become skilled at tuning our ears to the heart-drops of those around us and then responding with a thoughtful gesture. It doesn’t have to be an elaborate gift. It can be a kindly spoken word. A handwritten note. A loving text or encouraging comment left on social media. A shared heart over a cup of coffee. A brief moment where we put ourselves to the side for a moment to pause. To notice. To respond. To echo God’s heart toward them.
Hearing a heart-drop is an art we must lovingly cultivate. It can lead to the most wonderful times of encouragement as we make it our habit to listen and to love.
(Proverbs 31 Ministries, March 13, 2017)
Sharing a couple of heart-full comments we received this month.
Pastor Pete from Arizona writes:
Blessings my friend! It was so nice to speak to you last week. I just got around to writing a check for $100 to Cross The World for 250 crosses. I have had a few of these in the past and given them out to my patients who are terminally ill. As a hospice chaplain, I can tell you when I hand them their cross, they clutch it as something more precious than gold. We do not worship the cross but the One who went to the cross for us. It is the message of the cross that has been conveyed to these sweet people and their families that they cling onto. It is the very hope and peace that Jesus brings. Thank you for your ministry and the hearts that are touched by each cross that is handed to someone special in the eyes of our Lord.
God bless you and yours! Pastor Pete – AZ
And, from Beverly in Minnesota:
I had picked up a couple of your crosses in Oatman, AZ last year and a couple this year. I gave some to friends and they were happily received so decided to have some on hand to put in cards, etc. Thank you for this wonderful service.
Thank you, Pastor Pete and Beverly for writing us. We love to hear, and share, your comments. It makes Cross The World even more endearing to us and urges us to continue our ministry so more people can come to know God’s love, one cross at a time.
Our CTW family was VERY busy last month. We welcomed new members and were happy to hear from the rest of the family too!! Here’s who received our Pass-It-On crosses in April:
Patty – ND
Lighthouse of Faith Church – Memphis, MO
Cindy – TX
Nancy – MO
Immanuel Watson Parish – Boyd, MN
Avera Brady Health and Rehab – Mitchell, SD
Connie – MN
Beverly – MN
Brady – AK
New Hope Church – Kilauea, HI
Anointed Word Church – Bullhead City, AZ
Jane – KY
Geraldine – CA
Moore Ministry – St. Petersburg, FL
Birch Ridge Resort – Cass Lake, MN
Churches United – Bemidji, MN
Pastor Pete – AZ
First United Methodist Church of LaGrange – LaGrange, GA
Hilltop Chapel – Palisade, MN
Don – MN
Ron – MN
Carla – MN
Dear Heavenly Father,
With a sober heart, we come before You this Memorial Day. We pause for a moment and call to mind all the men and women who have died in the service of our nation since 1776.
Dear God, please look with mercy on our brave and selfless sisters and brothers, who did not shirk from their task but gave themselves to the cause of defending and protecting us all. Bless all who have given their lives for the sake of liberty, and grant them eternal rest with You.
We remember also our brave men and women now serving in our Armed Forces, both at home and abroad. Dear God, send out your angels to protect them all. Help them discharge their duties honorably and well. Please bring them home safely to their families and loved ones. Please bring your peace and mercy to our troubled world.
We ask this, Father, in the name of Jesus, Your Son.