Thursday, April 24, 2014
Friday, April 25, 2014
In Christ we have also obtained an inheritance, having been destined according to the purpose of him who accomplishes all things according to his counsel and will, so that we, who were the first to set our hope on Christ, might live for the praise of his glory.
The language of praise is joy, the startling joy of discovering that reality is better than your dreams and fantasies, the joy of feeling a love greater than any you imagined you would ever know … or could know.
We are lifted to praise every time our eyes open and our hearts feel the reality into which we wake every single day. Our little lives are strands of the great story of God’s determined love, working in every circumstance to bring us into the joy of oneness with him and all that is.
This is God’s holy dream, God’s eternal purpose. There is no desire in the heart of the Holy One to condemn or exclude. God treasures all God has created and hungers to draw you and all things into the love God is.
This is your reality. The great sorrow of our lives is that we so seldom see and feel it that our hearts may know how profoundly we are loved and wanted--and how significant our lives are, each contributing its unique texture and color to God’s great story.
So wake and claim the truth every morning. It will lift you beyond your burdens into the joy of praising God for letting you be part of it all--part of a startling Love who will never let you go.
Gracious and Holy One, lift us into the joy of praising you for the love you are.
Pr. David L. Miller