Saturday, February 09, 2019

This joy is enough


He called the twelve and began to send them out two by two, and gave them authority over the unclean spirits. He ordered them to take nothing for their journey except a staff; no bread, no bag, no money in their belts. (Mark 6:7-8)

This joy is enough

Jesus does not send us into mission alone. We walk together with those whose hearts are touched by the Love we know in him. We can look at them and see in their eyes that they know what we know, the freedom only immeasurable divine love can give.

The joyous company of those who know … and in knowing want to know more and more of this inexpressible grace … yes, this is enough to carry us through our lives. It binds us as one, lifting us when we are burdened and joining us heart-to-heart in our joys and in all the years may bring.

The authority Jesus gives us is the power of divine love to cast out demons of sadness and despair, guilt and shame, hatred and bitterness.

This Love is in us. It lives in our hearts and hands. It shines in our eyes and faces as we live and bless. 

It frees us to live beyond the fears of what comes next and what shall we do and will I be accepted and will we have enough.

For we have enough. All those questions have been answered.

We have the unimaginable wonder of the One who is Love living in us, and this always enough.

Pr. David L. Miller


Wednesday, February 06, 2019

Eternal moments


He took her by the hand and said to her, ‘Talitha cum,’ which means, ‘Little girl, get up!’ (Mark 5:41)

Eternal moments  

Moments bear eternity. A single second can contain the fullness of heaven’s glory. Look and see.

See Jesus’ eyes as he lifts a dying girl by her hand and gives back to her parents. The passion of Eternity, the fullness of the divine heart is compressed into a single moment, revealing everything you need to know about your life … and about who holds you and everything else, for that matter.

It’s all there as he speaks and lifts her. Eternity fills a single moment in which we see the full beauty of the divine heart and know: There is nothing but love in the heart of God for this world … and for each of us.

God does not love us in spite of who we are. There is nothing begrudging in the heart of God.

The Loving Mystery is overflowing generosity, a living fountain that never runs dry, ever flowing over, onto and into us, to make us whole, to make us truly human, filled with love and gratitude, joy and hope.

This is what it means to be truly alive and well, a wholeness that comes as a gift as we know the Love in Jesus’ eyes as our inner experience and deepest truth.

Warmth of healing flows through us as we watch Jesus’ eyes and listen to his voice as he lifts the girl and restores her to the arms of her grieving parents.

All of Eternity is there … in one brief moment. Look and see. It will heal you.

Pr. David L Miller




Monday, February 04, 2019

Listen


And he said to them, ‘Pay attention to what you hear; the measure you give will be the measure you get …. (Mark 4:24)

Listen

“Listen. You will hear my voice. Just listen. I speak in the silent awareness of what gives life.”

Wake from sleep and notice your joy, your excitement, the exhilaration that fills you when you give yourself to something or someone for the sheer joy of sharing what is in you.

You are absorbed, totally given to what you are doing, not looking for an external reward of money or praise. Your reward is intrinsic. It arises from within as what you are doing and saying aligns with your soul, that is … with the way the Divine Mystery continues to shape you.

You are a word of God, a particular word through whom the Holy One speaks, ever seeking to say something specific … uniquely expressed through the contours of your life and history.

Listen closely to your soul, to the love and joy that arises from your depth. You will hear and know … who you are and the particular shape the Divine Majesty is pleased to take in you. It is revealed in the joy of doing and speaking and giving yourself as a gift.

Listening to your joy, you will know the Loving Mystery who longs to bless the world … and bless you … through what the Holy One has placed in your soul.

Listen … more and more. You will know the Love who has shaped your soul. You will know yourself as a word this Loving Mystery speaks from eternity into time. You will hear and know what the Divine Majesty hungers to say through your surprising and wondrous life.

You will know the Love your heart most longs to know, the Love who longs to live through you.

Pr. David L. Miller




Thursday, January 31, 2019

Seeds of love

Other seed fell into good soil and brought forth grain, growing up and increasing and yielding thirty and sixty and a hundredfold.’ (Mark 4:8)

Seeds of love

It is love that I see in Jesus' eyes as he gazes across fields where wheat and wild grass grow, stems swaying in summer breeze.

His eyes embrace the hills as they rise from water’s edge, and he smiles. In that slight smile, I see and know his desire for me … and for every soul.

He wants seeds of love to grow in the soil of our souls that we might know and become the Love he is.

The Holy One has been sowing seeds of love in the world since Earth was new. Every moment of our lives sows seeds of divine life into our hearts.

Every day is a gift. Every sunrise an opportunity to open our hearts in gratitude for the privilege of being, for the startling truth that we are alive, for the ecstasy of touching the hand or cheek of someone we love, for the needs of others that call us beyond ourselves, for the crystal beauty of sunlight glistening on frozen snow.

Even our troubles and sorrows sow seeds, stripping way our defenses and opening our hearts (if we are willing) to know, again, that what most matters in the ecstatic simplicity of loving and being loved. Everything else pales.

Some seeds are snatched away like dreams at the moment of waking. Others find little root as we are too busy with living to notice … or to make space for them to grow in us.

I’ll not worry about the millions of seeds that found no place to grow in my life. I am too grateful for the seeds of love that somehow managed to take root and grow a harvest of divine love in me … and in so many millions of others. 

This is my greatest joy. It makes me smile … that same smile I see on Jesus’ face.

Pr. David L. Miller






Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Being with


And the scribes who came down from Jerusalem said, ‘He has Beelzebul, and by the ruler of the demons he casts out demons.’ (Mark 3:22)

Being with

The best time of my day is when I am with you, Jesus.

I breathe deeply and read a few verses from a story where you teach or heal, bless or free a human soul from the grip of evil. I watch you, and my soul usually grows quiet, with few thoughts, if any, beyond the awareness of you.

Everything else disappears. There is only you, and this enough for me. Being with you drives out every anxiety and quiets the soul.

I don’t know how you cast out the evils and obsessions that torture our hearts and hold us in bondage. I know only that your presence is freedom, and that you are always there, waiting for me to come and spend time with you.

You are a living Presence, ever near, who always has a place for me where I can name whatever is in me without shame.

In your presence, the weight of the day, worries about the future and everything that is not love … evaporates. All that remains is an exquisite, rhapsodic awareness of Love that cleanses and frees the soul to know and be the Love who made it.

It is true that you are always with me. This is your promise, and in some obscure way I sense it is real.

But true knowing, awareness that frees the heart, happens most when I set aside time to be with you, moments of breathing, praying, meditating and watching you.

These are the best moments of the day, for I am with you.

Pr. David L. Miller




Monday, January 28, 2019

Knowing peace


He also said, ‘The kingdom of God is as if someone would scatter seed on the ground, and would sleep and rise night and day, and the seed would sprout and grow, he does not know how. (Mark 4:26-27)

Knowing peace

For one year I would like nothing more than to live at peace with who I am, where I am, with the work I do, patiently accepting whatever comes to me without complaint.

One year. I’m sure I cannot keep this going, but today, amid the cold and snow, the door to such a life appears in the assurance of the sower who knows … and trusts … a life-giving power he does not understand.

Assurance marks his movements. He does not worry or fret that seeds scattered will not grow. His quiet heart dwells in the land of confident assurance in the power of Life to give life.

He waits and watches, eager for the harvest when the time is right, but there is no hurry. He knows it will come because he knows God.

God in great love and hidden mystery works in all things and every circumstance to bring something unknown, something new to sprout and grow.

Knowing this, he trusts, not knowing what will come, only that it will bear the beauty and grace of the One who sows the seed of Life in every moment and circumstance.

Set-backs and disappointments will come. Hurtful words and actions will wound the heart. Best laid plans will not always work out. There is no escaping struggle in this broken and sin-scarred world. 

Our anger and frustration over all of this are of no help. Nor is the desire to escape the everyday irritations common to all people.

Peace is not found in escape, but in knowing the One the sower knows.

Know ... and be at peace.

Pr. David L. Miller




Thursday, January 24, 2019

Walk with him


One Sabbath he was going through the cornfields; and as they made their way his disciples began to pluck heads of grain. The Pharisees said to him, ‘Look, why are they doing what is not lawful on the Sabbath?’ (Mark 2:23-24)

Walk with him

Jesus is our Sabbath. He invites us to walk with him through fields where he freely plucks heads of grain and glories in the light of day.

He does not rush. No anxiety moves him, no self-conscious worries about the objections of others.

Leisure marks his movements, as if he has all the time in the world to savor the warmth of day, the goodness of the growing earth, the fullness of all it produces. His heart smiles and gives silent glory to the Creator Source whose love is present in all that surrounds him in this moment.

He invites us to walk beside him and live this way. To breathe. To know. To savor every ounce of goodness. To see the earth as a holy gift, a sacrament of divine grace, a gift from the Holy One he knows as loving Father.

It is all for you. All that is, everything is given … that you may know … and that in knowing you may be moved to praise, reverence and serve the One who is Abundant Love, this Father, this Mystery Jesus knows as he walks the fields and feels the gift of it all.

Walk with him today, though the cold is bitter on this January morning. See yourself, feel yourself there … with him.

Being with him is Sabbath, rest for the mind, peace for the soul, warmth winter winds cannot chill.

Pr. David L. Miller