Thursday, June 16, 2011

An untiring organ of strength

I was reading Pres Monson's talk from Priesthood . As part of his talk he tells a story of a couple he was counseling. Basically he and this couple crash a temple wedding (oh Pres. Monson!)

As part of the advice the sealer gave...
He mentioned how a husband should love his wife, how he should treat her with respect and courtesy, honoring her as the heart of the home. Then he talked to the bride about how she should honor her husband as the head of the home and be of support to him in every way.
This metaphor is a fairly common one. the iconic heart as the place of all warmth, tenderness and general goo.

But this time as I read I thought more literally.
I thought about what the heart actually does.

In under a minute, your heart can pump blood to every cell in your body. 
And over the course of a day, about 100,000 heart beats shuttle 2,000 gallons of oxygen-rich blood many times through about 60,000 miles of branching blood vessels that link together the cells of our organs and body parts. That's a hefty job for a fist-sized muscle. more heart facts

And then I thought about what a mother actual does.

She, like the heart,never rests, or stops. She is ever going steady, strong, relentless. Responsible for nourishment to reach all, constantly.

The nourishment of small bodies, little hungry minds, and precious, often  fragile souls.

The "blood" of her efforts and energies reaches out to the very same spirits once entwined within her; for to her the blood filled umbilical chord remains, invisible but real, pulling still. She responds to the pull (and constant little voices of needs, always with the same request "Maaaahhh-meeeee") taking up the exhausted, tired "cells" in her family, and replenishing them with the oxygen of kisses and snuggles, and whispers of encouragement. They breath it in, and sigh.

She eliminates waste, not just endless diapers and discarded cheerios,  but the wasting of time and potential as she strains to teach the priorities and potentials that are so clear to her as she seeks vision and direction.

She pumps and pumps, traveling the endless and repetitive paths of her home, winding through the capillaries of her day, endlessly picking up--toys, egos, dreams--putting them in their place.

She is strong. Yet, like the heart her life-giving processes happen so constantly that they can be forgotten. When was the last time you placed your hand to your chest and thought, "Hey there heart, glad your still a tickin' ? 

WE are the HEART. We are the driving force, the movement, the thrust, that quietly beats the cadence of our family.

WE are STRONG.  An amazing and vital muscle in the body of our home.

So next time you hear you are the heart of the home, feel your throbbing pulse and feel proud. 


cc said...Best Blogger Tips

I love this post...its great, your a very talented writer!

Mandi said...Best Blogger Tips

Love this! I'm sending a link to my sister and my mom.

Crystal HW said...Best Blogger Tips

Thanks Chels! I needed this tonight. I too will share your words of wisdom and insight on to others.

Angela said...Best Blogger Tips

Chelsea you are such a good writer. This was a good posting for me!

Annette said...Best Blogger Tips

That is a fantastic way to compare it.

Julie said...Best Blogger Tips

That's awesome Chelsea! Thank you! I'm glad I got to discover your blog. :-)

Marie said...Best Blogger Tips

I've thought of this comparison before, but never so elequently as you!

Speaking of hearts - I just heard the baby's heartbeat for the first time this afternoon. HEAVENLY sound!

Lisa Choy said...Best Blogger Tips

Thank you.

Alana said...Best Blogger Tips

I've been thinking of this post a lot. Maybe it's because I've had lots of Doctors talking to me about hearts. It's important to add that when a heart works too hard and extends itself too much then it eventually stops working or has low function (that is what happened to my daughter). The same can be said of mothers, when we work try to do too much it's not good for us.

Brittany Iwaasa said...Best Blogger Tips

What a wonderful post and a wonderful blog. truly inspirational. thanks for sharing

Chelsea Belle said...Best Blogger Tips

Good point Alana...Rebecca can vouch for me taking time, on the couch on the phone with her every keep my mother heart rested so it can pump it's way through dinner hour til bedtimes:)

Jennifer said...Best Blogger Tips

THis blog made me cry! I'd love to know what you're mind comes up with when you start camparing the man to the mind. Danny made a comment about this.. the scripture in D&C about receiveing revelation that says, "I shall tell you in your heart AND in your mind." Leads to some interetsing insights when thinking about men and women's roles and how they need eachother and work together in a marriage, eh?