Michael Card on Hesed: The Mystery of How Kindness Heals the World

Michael Card on Hesed: The Mystery of How Kindness Heals the World

People often say, God is love. But when you think of God’s love, what does that mean to you?

My guest is Michael Card, author of the new book Inexpressible: Hesed and the Mystery of God’s Lovingkindness. Card calls hesed the “greatest sacramental word in the Hebrew Bible.” It’s an untranslatable word that defines an inexpressible mystery.

We have no English word to adequately describes hesed, yet it’s a word that God uses to describe himself. It’s an incredibly transformational word. Mike and I talk about how hesed changes us and how it heals our world.

Hesed is part of God’s image in us. I’m created to experience God’s kindness. And there’s a part of us that resonates when someone shows us that unexpected kindness. @MichaelCard Click To Tweet

Michael Card is a well beloved author and songwriter. You may have heard his classic songs Immanuel or El Shaddai. You may even have some of his thirty-one albums! But did you know that he is also a prolific author and biblical scholar? He has written or contributed to more than twenty-four books.

Card is a graduate of Western Kentucky University with a bachelor’s and master’s degree in biblical studies. He also teaches the bible in a variety of settings and he serves as mentor to many younger artists and musicians. Michael Card lives in Franklin Tennessee with his wife and four children.

God created the world to so he could show it his kindness. And I think further on down you realize that’s how you heal the world is by being kind. And not just doing nice things but all the implications of hesed. I’m going to love people who are unloveable. I’m going to love my enemy. That’s what heals things.

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Special thanks to Michael Card for the generous use of the music you heard on this episode:

  • The Shelter of the Shadow
  • I Will Be Kind
  • Job Suite
  • Prelude 128
  • My Help (Psalm 121)
  • That Kind of Love
  • When Dinah Held My Hand
  • Meditation 4 Selah
  • Poem of Your Life

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