A series of biblical reflections and prayers from David L. Miller, pastor of faith formation at St. Timothy Lutheran Church, Naperville, IL. David is the former editor of The Lutheran magazine and Director of Spiritual Formation at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago.
Tuesday, January 21, 2014
Tuesday January 21, 2014
From then onwards
Jesus began his proclamation with the message, 'Repent, for the kingdom of
Heaven is close at hand.'
How close is your kingdom, O Lord?
Every day I wake to a where the innocent and even infants fall
to outrageous fates of disease and hardship, where the curse of war and the
obscenity of hunger destroy whole societies.
We see it and pray in our sanctuaries, “they kingdom come,”
often not knowing that it for these--the hungry, the broken, the forgotten that
we are praying, not just for the grace of your nearness to rule in our hearts.
We pray for the world,also little
knowing that the kingdom is not far off culmination but a present reality in
the midst of that broken world, a presence that is always near, always here,
always waiting to be acknowledged and entered.
For the kingdom from heaven has come to earth and is present
It is not definable in geographic terms. It is not here or
there. It is wherever you are, and you are near to all, but always as
possibility, waiting to be acknowledged and received and entered.
The kingdom appears each time your justice and mercy is
received so that it begins to transform human lives and relationships, cultures
Like a mustard seed, it seems small, but rooted in the soul
of created life it grows into a great and beautiful tree giving shade and rest,
coolness in the heart of the day, its leaves cleansing the foul air of human
bitterness and discord.
The kingdom is wherever you are, Holy One, and you are here
telling me once more to open my eyes and ears to see and hear the kingdom of
your mercy and justice in the sounds of the day, beckoning me receive to enter