Tuesday, June 17, 2014
Tuesday, June 16, 2014
“A disciple is not above the teacher, nor a slave above the master; it is enough for the disciple to be like the teacher, and the slave like the master. If they have called the master of the house Beelzebul, how much more will they malign those of his household! … Do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul; rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell.
It is the soul that is to be preserved above all else, the depth of heart where we know (but so often forget) who we are.
We are souls, expressions of God, created that the Loving Mystery might live in flesh and blood, sharing the divine fullness and carrying out God’s divine purpose.
Our lives are words of Love, the Love who is God, each of us an individual word of the One who is Love.
We are not what others say of us. We are not their judgments nor even their praise. We are not what we think of ourselves, sometimes feeling good about what we have done, other times accusing ourselves for shortcomings and failures.
Nor are we are not our accomplishments, what we have earned or won, which is a common American and Western distortion of our identity, one that fuels an obsession for winning and being number one lest we feel diminished and less than others.
This reveals our anxiety that we are merely human, just like everyone else.
We are, but there is no merely about us.
For we each are the embodied breath of the Living One, words of the Loving One born into the time and space that we might know … the joyous wonder of the Love who speaks us--and live from depths of soul, knowing who we are.
You are not what others say. You are not even what you say about yourself. You are souls from the Soul of all life.
Remember who you are.
Pr. David L. Miller