I see a three way conversation in the lectionary readings for today that might be something to pay attention to as we reflect and open our hearts.
First, Ezekiel speaks for God and might be talking to Americans, noting our need for a course correction. God says: I will sprinkle clean water upon you to cleanse you from all your impurities…I will give you a new heart and place a new spirit within you, taking from your bodies your stony hearts and giving you natural hearts…you shall be my people and I will be your God.
In response, the psalmist prays: A clean heart create for me, O God, and a steadfast spirit renew within me…a willing spirit sustain in me! And then another voice enters and calls urgently to us: IF TODAY YOU HEAR GOD’S VOICE, HARDEN NOT YOUR HEARTS!
God is always calling, hoping that this time we will hear. All we need to do is turn and look at what God offers. In all of it, there is willingness on God’s part. How can we resist such an invitation to a deeper life?