For when your heart aches and when it soars: it's Heartfelt
By Rev. Dr. Howard S. Russell, CHM President & CEO
From the January 2018 issue of Heartfelt Magazine.
Christianity is about hearts: your heart, my heart, everyone’s hearts, what Christ does in the hearts of Christians and what He can do in the hearts of non-Christians.
Jesus is the beating heart of this Christian ministry that serves you and your health, and we serve God by serving you.
What we do here is heartfelt, which enables me to introduce the new name of the CHM monthly newsletter: Heartfelt.
As we know, when we accept Christ as savior He doesn’t literally find a place to live inside the pump that pushes blood throughout our bodies. Instead, He indwells our spirits, minds, thoughts, emotions, attitudes, and beliefs; the very heart of who we are.
The heart itself is just an internal organ. But we talk about hearts because that’s where we feel things. There’s a connection between the brain and the heart, explained on NBC’s “TODAY” show website. The featured article was about research done by an organization called HeartMath on how the heart responds in various situations:
“We now know that the heart sends more information to the brain than the brain sends to the heart,” the article said. “And the brain responds to the heart in many important ways...As we experience feelings like anger, frustration, anxiety and insecurity, our heart rhythm patterns become more erratic…when we experience heart-felt emotions like love, care, appreciation and compassion, the heart produces a very different rhythm. In this case it is a smooth pattern that looks like gently rolling hills. Harmonious heart rhythms, which reflect positive emotions, are considered to be indicators of cardiovascular efficiency and nervous system balance.”
Everyone knows the connection between the heart and mind even if they’ve never researched it scientifically. It’s because we’ve all felt it.
A friend has described to me the pain he felt when his girlfriend broke up with him while he was in U.S. Army basic training.
“After the ‘Dear John’ phone call I went back to my barracks, sat down on my bunk, and reached up with my right hand to put it over my chest,” he said. “I was having trouble understanding how it was possible to experience such pain without being physically injured.”
When they reunited three months later, he adds, “It was a feeling as if a weight on my chest had disappeared; I felt like I could breathe again. As painful as the feelings were earlier, I felt as if my heart was soaring. (Note: They were married, and remain so, happily).
His emotions were heartfelt in both circumstances, which brings us back to the newsletter’s new name.
Our communications team has thought for some time that always referring to our publication as “the CHM monthly newsletter” left a lot to be desired. It doesn’t convey who we are, what we are, or why we do what we do.
We’re a ministry of people who want very much to glorify God in a practical way by serving His people. It’s because the ministry has a beating heart, the Lord Jesus Christ. It’s His spirit we feel, His commandments we seek to carry out.
And so we introduce to you your newsletter, Heartfelt, which actually conveys two messages: what we do is heartfelt by everyone here who works for you, and your participation in CHM—helping fellow Christians as they help you—is heartfelt as well.
That’s what’s on, and in, my heart. God bless you and Happy New Year!