King of Hearts

Many people’s hearts have been devalued. That’s why they abandon themselves for the crowd. That’s why they reject others. That’s why they punish others into devaluing and abandoning themselves. It’s a necessary reaction to justify self-abandonment. It’s hard to admit that everything you loved in authentic selfhood you gave up in the name of a very basic self-preservation. Much easier to defend self-abandonment as moral prerogative for yourself and others. Many people have a mechanized show to offer the world, a crowd-pleasing cacophony devoid of meaning or demand on the spirit. When something is real, it demands an answer, a commitment, a response of love and risk. It is child-like, wonderful, and vulnerable. It is often scary. Most of what we see whirling around us is not real. It is distraction of the soul, to make us forget that we are all longing for sacrificial love, but very few of us are willing or able to give it [me included]. We know that what we need the most we are most unable to give. “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” Enter: Real sacrificial love. He’s more loyal to us than we are to ourselves. Can’t get any better than that.

Constanzia Hooker