Your Heart Outside Your Body

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“Making the decision to have a child – it’s momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body.” – Elizabeth Stone

I didn’t understand this before I had a child of my own. Now I certainly do. How often do we take for granted the marvelous thing that happens as the result of a most intimate act of love – a new human person is created. And then we set it forth…torn between clinging to the security of its roots and flinging forward for light.

I’m astounded at the juxtaposition of power and fragility present here. What great power we are given to co-create human life with a purpose all its own, yet see how fragile that life is as it sets forth to fulfill that purpose. It’s like our heart set free without its body, open and vulnerable to the harshness of the world. Lord, help us.

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