Open Your Heart (To a Miracle)

Open your heart to a miracle
Open your heart
Open your heart to a miracle
Open your heart

Releasing ones’ fingers
from the clutches of disbelief we’ve come to know as normal
(and)
Moving past the un-moving-ness that grants an opening euphoric

Right there
in between blind and Technicolor clear
Lies a miracle

Miracles like
   Terminal illness vanishing
      Hungry babies surviving
         Checks in empty times awaiting
(and)
            Broken families uniting

Like…
7 year olds walking
   unscathed from deadly crashes
(and)
Infertile women birthing
   bouncing babies after 8 years barren

OR
The awesomeness of Atlantic’s sunsets. 
Skies purple-pink-blue. Orange, 
With Suns fire floating in streams atop the ocean’s surface as
he slowly sinks into her embrace. 

OR
An inhale. 
An Exhale. 

OR
Lazarus. Water into wine. Calm over storms. Healing hands. 
153 fish (and) food for thousands. Waters walked. Masters changed.

Open your heart to a miracle
Open your heart
Open your heart to a miracle
Open your heart

Yes
Change unglamorous and human - 
That miracle that misses the top Miracle 100
Yet remodels the mind and redirects the heart

Change, the kind necessary for capital “T” truth
A miracle shadowed by fish feasts for thousands
Yet alights the way to transfiguration.

Matthew writes:
21Jesus left that place and went away to the district of Tyre and Sidon. 22Just then a Canaanite woman from that region came out and started shouting, “Have mercy on me, Lord, Son of David; my daughter is tormented by a demon.” 23But he did not answer her at all. And his disciples came and urged him, saying, “Send her away, for she keeps shouting after us.” 24He answered, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.” 25But she came and knelt before him, saying, “Lord, help me.” 26He answered, “It is not fair to take the children's food and throw it to the dogs.” 27She said, “Yes, Lord, yet even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their master’s table.” 28Then Jesus answered her, “Woman, great is your faith! Let it be done for you as you wish.” And her daughter was healed instantly.

Open your heart to a miracle
Open your heart
Open your heart to a miracle
Open your heart

Now
Before stepping onto the Mediterranean shores of Tyre
Jesus feeds five thousand with five loaves and two fish
(and)
After leaving that place for the mountains of Galilee
He exhales compassion, 
feeding four thousand more with seven loaves and a few fish.
But
In between this sweeping empathy of faceless CROWDS
Those faithful followers
Jesus meets ONE
One, whose difference doesn’t disappear in a sea of faces
HER difference is loud, feminine, bold
unrelenting
And (pause) 
He meets her silence 

Oh, oh, oh
Open your heart
Oh, oh, oh
Open your heart

Silence
For a moment worth a thousand generations
Denial
That hides the Forgotten One commandment holding law and prophet, 
   that vibrates with a love for self and neighbors
OR
Consumed
   Wrapped tight in a need to feed, a need to teach, a need to restore and heal…
(for) 
      who among us withstands consumption by that thing they desire?
We. Subsumed into its being-ness or cajoled into its clutches by avoidance?

(but)
She saves him
Baptizing him in the waters of his own ministry
“Have mercy on me, Lord Son of David”

She moves him
Singing to him in remembrance of God’s grace
   Ushering him into miraculous change

Oh, oh, oh
Open your heart
Oh, oh, oh
Open your heart

Nameless, desperate, demonized, other-ized
Persistent, strong, Woman, self-realized
She
Shouts her needs
Demands her desires, “Lord help me”

Heart meets tongue
Tongue meets action
Action meets
silence
from one whose ministry is to save

Oh, oh, oh
Open your heart
Oh, oh, oh
Open your heart

Honest it is…
Jesus at our front porch
That place
Where difference can make us pause
Uncovering a natural draw to that which is like ourselves
Exposing our hidden prejudices and inner categorizations
“It’s not fair to take the children’s food and throw it to the dogs.”

In a story that gives more words to other-ness than we-ness
A miracle happens
Roles reverse
Words forgotten get remembered
Teacher becomes student
Student is changed

Change miraculous
(for)
What lover doesn’t know the difficulty in diverting his heart
What philosopher doesn’t know the challenge of broadening her philosophy
What activist doesn’t know the angst in softening towards the other
What warrior doesn’t know the test of leaning in love toward her opponent

Change miraculous
That pushes open an intoxicated heart
That opens to the new
That softens anger
That leans toward love

Matthew 15:22-28

© Chanda Rule 2015