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The heart is more than a pump

Eternal Life

In the scriptures, variations of the word “heart” are referenced over 1500 times making it the 11th most used in God’s Word, the scriptures. What is God trying to tell us physically and spiritually about the heart?

“The heart is no mere pump, as some physicians still insist, but a sophisticated participant in the regulation of emotion.

The heart has a mind of its own: It secrets its own brain-like hormones and actively partakes in a dialogue among the internal organs

a dialogue on which cardiac researchers are only beginning to eavesdrop. The heart likewise undergoes all manner of organic change influenced on it by the tempestuous brain and the neurochemicals. As one doctor explains, people do suffer heartbreak, literally.” Source “A man after his own Heart,” by Charles Siebert.

Williams Schroeder was the second recipient of the Jarvik-7 artificial heart. The blood still circulated, but something vital — an emotionally charged communication between heart and mind had been lost. The heart supplied Schroeder with everything but the will to live.  He had the look, “of a man who has lost his heart.”

The understanding, use and application of our hearts requires a diligent and careful study. One of my favorite of all scriptures on the heart is Proverbs 4:23

Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life… Let thine heart retain my words: keep my commandments and live.

In times of calamity is there hope? Is there help? You can research and cling to certain words that will bring so much meaning, “be still and know that I am God” or “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble”

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