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This Heart of Stone

A Poem

by Natalie Abbott

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


I am just a pile of bones,
My heart is stone.

Once I was dirt, made flesh by your breath. 
My heart beat for you inside my chest.
I was yours, your life filled me.
Yet, I wanted more…other things.
I left love for lust, life for death
And a desert where thirst is never quenched.

I’m dirt again and all alone. 
No more than a pile of bones,
My heart is stone. 

In this desert, I cry to you,
Can you restore me? Would you? 
Would you clink together these dry bones?
Make this heart beat, this cold stone?
Would you breathe your Spirit once again?
Give life where there is only death?
I wandered off. Take me back, please!
You have no reason, not based on me.

Without you, I’m all alone. 
Would you reform this pile of bones?
Turn my heart to flesh from stone!

You say, “For my own sake and based on me,
I forgive, give grace, and show mercy.
I ask you simply, ‘Turn and come,
Give up your “gods” for only one.’
My Spirit then will make you new.
And for all time I’ll dwell with you.
I am your God, your heart is mine.
Now, in your flesh, show all mankind.”

This heart now beats for yours alone—
And beckons other hearts of stone. 


Natalie Abbott

Natalie Abbott is the co-founder and chief content officer of Dwell Differently. She lives in Missouri with her husband and 5 kids.

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