Monday, January 14, 2013

Monday, January 14, 2013

Today’s text

Isaiah 62:4-5

No more will you be known as 'Forsaken' or your country be known as 'Desolation'; instead, you will be called 'My Delight is in her' and your country 'The Wedded'; for Yahweh will take delight in you and your country will have its wedding. Like a young man marrying a virgin, your rebuilder will wed you, and as the bridegroom rejoices in his bride, so will your God rejoice in you.


We live in two overlapping spheres, or so we imagine. Most often we think we live on an earthly, material plane and try with mind and heart to reach another, ‘higher’ plane, the realm of the spirit where we feel ourselves as so much more than flesh and blood.

Lifting our minds into that space we close the gap between ourselves and God, the Transcendent One. But, unfortunately, most of our time and energy is spent on material matters, earthly things that do not touch the deeper substance of who we are--or excite our souls with the touch of transcendence.

We are locked into this material, mortal plane, or so we think. We are wrong.

The marriage of heaven and earth, eternity and time has happened in time and space. The blessings of tomorrow come to us today. Eternity is known in the beauty of the moment as the Lord of heaven and earth pours the divine substance of love and grace, life and wonder into each little moment of time.

Begging us, God does, to look and see, to watch and know that transcendence doesn’t wait for our arduous striving. Delight is not a rare occasion.

It is as present as each sunrise and as close as the breath in our lungs, as sweet as the sound of children singing and as fresh and new as the ability to enter one more day … where we can know and share the touch of life and love in our hearts and on our flesh.

The uplift of transcendence, the higher realm and deeper awareness we seek to feel overlaps and penetrate our time and place. The material world bears the wonder who is the Wonder from which all life springs.

Heaven has married earth … with delight, and delight thus sprinkles our days.

We have no need to lift our hears, to strive to enter some higher plane but need only to look and see, feel and know the wonder of living, the beauty of life and grace of loving.

Our flesh, our hands and feet, our smiles and touch carry us into that higher realm … to the abode of the Holy One, for whom we hunger.

And our knowing tells us the truth … neither we nor this good earth are or will ever be forsaken, for earth has become the doorway to grace of heaven.

Pr. David L. Miller

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