Tuesday, May 06, 2014
Ephesians 2: 19-22
So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are citizens with the saints and also members of the household of God, built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the cornerstone. In him the whole structure is joined together and grows into a holy temple in the Lord; in whom you also are built together spiritually into a dwelling-place for God.
The household of my love
We ache to belong, Holy One. We long to be gathered into a love that heals our broken hearts and stills every fear about our worthiness. Loneliness endures until we are joined in a unity of peace where we need not fear each other, where all are welcome and no is a stranger or alien.
But we cannot create such a community. Our differences stir insecurity so we draw lines and build walls to excludethose whose ways and ideas threaten our own.
Political and moral convictions divide us into competing camps. Cock-sure self-righteousness hardens hearts and blocks simple understanding--let alone love-- from flowing beyond the narrow confines of “my people, my party, my ideological soul mates.”
Every time our differences create strangers and aliens Christ suffers assault. For he is building a holy temple, a common household, where all are welcome, all belong and human differences are joined in loving union.
“Surrender your fears of each other,” he says. “Drop the self-righteousness that hides your uncertainty. Cease pretending that you are something more or less, stronger or weaker than others. It is not true.”
“Trust and know that you are loved, that your home is in me. You will find freedom to share the joys and suffering, the beauty and wisdom of other human souls in the household of my love.”
Wash away our hurts and hatreds, our fear and mistrust. Build the household of your love among us where all may abide.
Pr. David L. Miller