Thursday, August 15, 2013

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Today’s text

Luke 12:49-52

'I have come to bring fire to the earth, and how I wish it were blazing already! There is a baptism I must still receive, and what constraint I am under until it is completed! 'Do you suppose that I am here to bring peace on earth? No, I tell you, but rather division. For from now on, a household of five will be divided: three against two and two against three.


Lord, have mercy on me. Never take from me this fire, this passion, this hunger to be given away in love.

The fire of God is rush of love that fills the soul and wakes us from the sleepy apathy of mere contentment. It is the passion to bless and heal what is broken and console hearts that hurt.

It is the fire in the belly that longs for a great cause, a holy purpose to which one can surrender, knowing there is something beyond your present self that is worth giving all, losing all, surrendering all … with joy

It is passion that can not be content or satisfied by anything less than Unsurpassable Love. It is the hunger to know oneself surrounded, enveloped and filled with love from the Uncreated Source of all that is.

It is burning desire for oneness, for completion, for final unity with God, not just for oneself but for all that is--for all that suffers, for all that is broken, for all that needs to be whole and well.

It is unrest and agitation with business as usual. It is not content to leave well enough alone because love never gives up and never quits until all is truly well.

Fire is the love of God incarnate in our loves, taking flesh in our flesh, filling us and driving us to lives that matter, lives that bless, lives that give life where life and joy are threatened and dying.

Cast your fire in our lives and church, O Lord. Awaken us when we are sleeping, prod us when we are content and apathetic, confront the trivialities on which waste our lives and gifts.

Ignite the flame of divine love within us that our souls may burn with the same passion that flames from your divine heart. Fill us with the fire you are.

Let us live one day, this day, from the heart, pouring ourselves out for love of this crazy, confusing world.

Make us brothers and sisters of Jesus, your fire child.

Pr. David L. Miller