Louise shared this beautiful poem with me by Malcolm Guite. I have read it through about 20 times and it rings truer and deeper each time. It complements my message beautifully. Spend some time reflecting on "easy feelings" and "the reversal he is bringing" and "a perverted temple." By the way, it is written as a perfect Shakespearean sonnet. Here it is...
Now to the gate of my Jerusalem,
The seething holy city of my heart,
The saviour comes. But will I welcome him?
Oh crowds of easy feelings make a start;
They raise their hands, get caught up in the singing,
And think the battle won. Too soon they’ll find
The challenge, the reversal he is bringing
Changes their tune. I know what lies behind
The surface flourish that so quickly fades;
Self-interest, and fearful guardedness,
The hardness of the heart, its barricades,
And at the core, the dreadful emptiness
Of a perverted temple. Jesus come
Break my resistance and make me your home.