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Jun 23, 2020 265 0 Connie Beckman
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A Crack in the Cement

Sometimes God doesn’t change your situation because He is trying to change your heart!

God never stops inviting us to turn from our sinful lives and run to him. Our God is love and His mercy is endless. I compare a hardened heart to a cemented heart. It seems that nothing can break through a heart that is hardened and closed to God’s graces.

Is there any hope for hardened hearts? Yes, there is always hope. Looking back, when I was lost in the mess of my life, there were people praying for me. My Mom prayed many rosaries for my redemption.

The intercession of powerful prayer warriors, who unceasingly storm the gates of Heaven, causes showers of graces to fall on those who are lost in their own cesspools of sin, addiction and worldly pleasure.

If you examine a cement sidewalk over a long period, you may find a slight crack starting to form which allows a seed and water to enter. Then suddenly green foliage bursts through, widening the crack and allowing more incursions. The crack becomes a spreading rift, flourishing with life. It is like that with a heart that is hardened. Those who continue to pray, fast and offer up their sufferings for these lost souls, may, at last, begin to notice slight cracks in the barriers they have placed around their hearts. God only needs a crack for His grace, love and healing to come pouring into the person’s heart. To see a person, turn away from a sinful life and enter into God’s army in service of others is so beautiful. God and all the angels and saints rejoice.

If you have been praying for a long time for those you care about to return to the faith, do not give up. Persevere in prayer. You may never know, this side of Heaven, how much your prayers have helped someone to return to God. I do know that when you see these beautiful souls in Heaven, they will thank you for praying for them.

Thus, says the Lord, “I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.”(Ezekiel 36:26)

Dear God when I reach out to my loved ones, I understand that it is you who changes their heart. Make me your instrument of peace to accomplish Your purpose in my life. Amen.

Connie Beckman

© resides in Helena Montana with her husband and their four cats and dog. She is an active member of the Cathedral of Saint Helena. She is a member of the Catholic Writer's Guild and a small Catholic Writer's Group in Helena that meets monthly. She is a former editor and feature story writer for a small bi-weekly newspaper. Beckman has been published in a number of Catholic magazines. Her desire as a writer is to encourage Catholic spiritual growth by sharing the truths of the Catholic faith. She shares her joy and love of God at her website www.conniescatholiccorner.com. Originally published in “The Family Digest Magazine.” Reprinted with permission.

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