Friday, 8 July 2016

Rend Your Terracotta Hearts

And I will give you a new heart, and put a new spirit within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and will give you a heart of flesh. (Eze 36:26)

Ezekiel had a lovely turn of phrase, of course. But he wasn't a 21st Century Prophet. What does he know about our 21st Century hearts?

Whereas Damon Albarn and chums know exactly what so many of our hearts are like in these brittle days. This is possibly the only bromance pop song that's worth listening to.

Our Social Media is full of it .We shout and stomp and sign our petitions - endlessly sign our petitions. Mostly put on the impression that we're tough as hell. We have our principles and we'll go to any lengths to live up to them, as long as it involves a retweet or a bit of a pile-onto someone we didn't agree with.

But all the time, our hearts aren't the stone that Ezekiel warned against. But then it's not like they're the flesh that may be soft, yet yields and beats on. Our hearts are terracotta: hard, but brittle. Thump them too hard, and they'll break. Porous, so the emotions can leak in and out - but susceptible to a hard frost, when the lost of a friendship can cause a nasty crack that widens as the winter draws on.

Or is that just me?

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