Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God. – Matthew 5:8
I’m not sure I want or need to see God right now, but being pure of heart sounds like a pretty cool state of being. Doubt, gloom, and impatience have all gone away and joy has taken its place. Imagine having a heart that is in harmony with all that is good in the world. How could charity to all fail to follow, and each day be filled with the affections of the innocence and peace.
We see glimpses of the pure in heart in small children – innocent, trusting, loving, and finding joy in every discovery. An acorn, a fallen leaf, or a mud puddle bring as much joy to a young child as we pretend to have when we are given a present of great value. It makes me wonder what does life and growing up do to those children to take their purity of heart away.
I may not think I need to see God, but something deep inside of me (probably the memories of early childhood) yearns to once again be of pure heart — to trust, to love, and to seek simplicity. Maybe, just maybe after all, I really do yearn to see God.