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Hearts on Fire

…there seemed to be a fire burning in my heart.
tttttJeremiah 20:9


I wanted it.
Desired it greatly.
Yearned for its coming.

But when it did come
I fought, resisted,
ran, hid away.

I said, “Go home!”

I didn’t know
the fire of God
could be more
than a gentle glow
or a cozy consolation.

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I didn’t know
it could come
as a blaze,
a wildfire
uncontrolled,
searing my soul,
chasing my old ways,
smoking them out.

only when I stopped running,
gave up the chase,
surrendered,
did I know the fire’s flaming
as consolation and joy.

only then
could I welcome
the One whose fire
I had long sought.

"Hearts on Fire" taken from May I Have this Dance: An Invitation to Faithful Prayer Throughout the Year, by Joyce Rupp Copyright 2000. Used by permission of Ave Maria Press. All rights reserved.

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