Saturday, June 09, 2012

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Today’s text

2 Corinthians 4:16-18

That is why we do not waver; indeed, though this outer human nature of ours may be falling into decay, at the same time our inner human nature is renewed day by day. The temporary, light burden of our hardships is earning us for ever an utterly incomparable, eternal weight of glory, since what we aim for is not visible but invisible. Visible things are transitory, but invisible things eternal.


And what is this that we do not see? For what do we wait?

The stripping away, the losses and disappointments of our life, sorrows, troubles and unfulfilled hopes … these we see, and we feel them with acute intensity, wondering if they signal that the hole in our heart will never find healing, never experience completion.

But that for which we hope … must it remain ever a hope, a dream we can barely name?

Do we ever see and know, experience and feel that incomparable weight of glory entering our little lives? Does it ever come and wipe away our yearning ache for completion amid the giddy laughter of fulfilled hope?

It will come, I hear you say. The weight of this time will pass, and you will laugh. The Love I am will wash away every sadness, salve each wound.

There is a weight of glory that is no weight of all. It is lighter than air, more powerful than the sun. It fills human spirits and lifts them like so many brightly-colored Fourth of July balloons.

Slowly they rise from all that tethers their souls to earth, lifting to soar and display the colors of life and love, of beauty and hope that each is.

The world smiles at their presence because they beautify and lift the spirits of all with eyes to see them, even though the inner secret of their life remains unknown to most who witness their beauty. The secret is me … that’s what you tell me, Blessed One.

The secret is the filling of the soul with a love that is eternal and boundless.

The eternal weight of glory is the Love that surprises us that comes when we are not looking for it, that lifts your soul when you think you will never feel or know it, when you falsely imagine that the difficulties and losses are the final word over your and all life.

It comes, … you come, Blessed and Holy Lord, … when in sweetest moments we know union with you, when we feel one with that Source who is beyond us and beyond everything, when that awareness fills us, and we just know that we and everything we see and touch springs from love eternal.

May we know such a rare moment of knowing … today. Everyday.

Pr. David L. Miller