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Nest in Peace

Updated: May 25

This piece, Nest in Peace, was inspired by one of my patient’s incredible faith, perseverance and trust in God despite being betrayed and abandoned by her husband of 41 years.

The heart is anatomically accurate, representing the cardiac unit where I met this woman, while the dove and nest represent the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. You can also find an anchor, a cross, a scripture reference and the face of Jesus blended into the background near each corner.

I thank God for the dozens of hospital patients who minister to me each day. I’m not sure if my faith would survive the loneliness of seminary without them.

If you have been abandoned, forgotten or left behind, please know that you will be the first to see the glory and feel the loving embrace of God.

“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.

Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.

Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.

Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.”

Matthew‬ ‭5‬:‭3‬-‭9‬ ‭

“Because you are his sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, “Abba, Father.””

‭‭Galatians‬ ‭4‬:‭6‬ ‭

“Jesus wept.”

‭‭John‬ ‭11‬:‭35‬ ESV

“I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.”

‭‭Ephesians‬ ‭3‬:‭16‬-‭19‬ ‭

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Nest in Peace.... Having personally seen over 10,000 hearts in surgery This is a brilliant and very accurate depiction of the human heart with the dove representing the Holy Spirit in us. The Sermon on the Mount says it all. Why would ever God forget His creation? Well done, Paul.

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