When Fran sent out our theme for February, I have to admit that I was a bit puzzled. I googled the phrase "take heart" and the first thing that popped up was the song "Take Heart" by Matthew West. Give it a listen.
So many words from this song spoke to my heart. And as I thought about this new-to-me phrase, "take heart," I knew that one way to take heart in my life was to take comfort. Comfort is my OLW for 2020. And then I recalled a quote from a podcast I listened to recently that spoke comfort to my heart and that I entered into my devotional journal:
"I hope you will take time to sit for a few quiet moments and let the Savior's spirit warm you and reassure you. . . . Let that moment be one of rest and refreshing and reassurance and renewal."
Those words from D. Todd Christofferson's 2015 Christmas address "Be At Peace" remind me to spend some of my devotional time just sitting in order to feel the warmth and reassurance of the Savior's spirit.
In this same address, there is a reference to a radio interview with Desmond Tutu:
"During the interview the host asked a perceptive, inspired question of Bishop Tutu: 'Have you found that your relationship to God has changed as you’ve grown older?'
Bishop Tutu paused and then said, 'Yes. I am learning to shut up more in the presence of God.'"
As I'm striving to improve my devotional time, I'm trying to remember "to shut up more in the presence of God."
And then last night, I received Fran's note that her post was available. And in reading her post, I discovered the origin of her phrase "take heart" in these words from the book of John,
I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world. —John 16:33
Those bolded words, "take heart" are rendered "be of good cheer" in my King James version of the Bible. But I like this new-to-me phrase, "take heart." And so in the margins of my Bible, I've added the words "Take heart, SJT Feb. 2021."
As we continue to face difficult days, may we take heart and be of good cheer as we seek His peace.