"You love him with your whole heart
? Do you know why?"
"We pray that you diligently follow and serve the Lord with your whole heart
all the days of your life and that this year is a wonderful year for you and your family."
Synopsis: The collaborative work of the editorial staff of Skylight Paths Publishing, "Grieving with Your Whole Heart
: Spiritual Wisdom and Practice for Finding Comfort, Hope and Healing After Loss" is a soulful companion for grief that offers profound wisdom and creative spiritual practices for expressing and experiencing sorrow while keeping a life-giving connection to the past.
Written by Susan Snyder and illustrated by Valeria Cis, "What Will I Be When I Grow Up?: How God Made Me Somebody Special" is a charming Christian children's book about exploring ideas of what to be while remembering that the most important thing to do is "Whatever you do, work at it with your whole heart
as working for the Lord (Colossians 3:23)." Different professions are considered and shown, with appropriate accompanying biblical text quotes.
The service component is clearly seen as a natural outcome of the second commandment, which states, "Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself." But what about the First Commandment: "Thou shalt love the Lord your God, with your whole heart
and with your whole soul, and with your whole mind?" There must have been a reason Jesus placed this commandment first.
Last year the phrase accompanying the signing with ashes was taken from a reading in the Old Testament Book of Joel: "Return to God with your whole heart
." That phrase also appeared on the orders of worship and special cards distributed at various functions during the Lenten season.
Jesus said: Love the Lord your God with your whole heart
, your whole mind, and your whole soul; and love your neighbor as yourself.
The Old Testament prophet Joel extolled spiritual mourning: "Yet even now, says the Lord, return to me with your whole heart
, with fasting, and weeping, and mourning; Rend your hearts, not your garments, and return to the Lord, your God" (Joel 2:12-13).