Thursday, January 03, 2013
Thursday, January 3, 2013
He was in the world that had come into being through him, and the world did not recognize him. He came to his own and his own people did not accept him. But to those who did accept him he gave power to become children of God, to those who believed in his name who were born not from human stock or human desire or human will but from God himself.
Children of God may not look like they have power, but they have the greatest power of all, the power of knowing.
They possess soul knowledge that they are, in fact, children of God.
They belong, always and forever. They need not prove anything to anyone, seek approval from faces past or present or achieve something great in the constant human struggle to find significance.
They can breathe and rest assured in the arms of a love that refuses to let them go.
They know who they are and the love that is always true, which frees and empowers them to listen to their depths and discover the wonder of the person they are. They can begin to live according to internal rhythms of heart not external demands of others.
Soul knowledge is not an idea one holds in your head, but deep awareness of a truth that fills your being and brings peace. It calms the mind and quiets the anxious ego that drives so much human behavior.
Soul knowledge resides not in the mind but in the whole body, in one’s entire being.
It slows our speech and allows us to respond slowly to what is happening in and around us instead of reacting knee-jerk to each person, situation or provocation. It takes a long view and knows the will that is Love will unfold in its own time.
Soul knowledge grants depth of being, integrating our inner and outer worlds, so that we choose what to say and do, instead of being driven by whims of the moment or the expectations and demands of others.
It allows us to speak and act from our depth not merely from the top of our head or the immediate rush of emotion that can flood and overwhelm us.
Coming to soul knowledge that one is a child of God is a lifelong process of learning and growing. There are set backs and sometimes great leaps forward.
The process always involves accepting what is in Jesus, who bears the mind and passion of God.
Accepting Jesus has nothing to do with affirming or believing in doctrinal statements about him. It is not about learning creeds or professing them on Sunday morning.
It is about coming to know what is in him by listening to him and those who truly belong to him. It is seeing the depth of compassion on his face when he encountered human suffering and need, hunger and pain. It is watching as he blessed the broken and welcomed children.
It is listening to stories about prodigals who are welcomed, about the poor who are blessed and the mourning who know the comfort of a loving promise not even death can break.
It is possible to learn what is in Jesus without ever knowing about him since the mystery of God can be found throughout all creation. God is never silent and nowhere absent.
Those who welcome the substance of what is in Jesus, the substance of his love found in those who truly know him, come to soul knowledge of what the soul most needs to live, assured of that love that will not let them go.
Pr. David L. Miller