Saturday, August 30, 2014
Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep.
You pull us out of isolation into splendid oneness with all that lives. You draw us to share what we are and receive the being of another, opening our eyes to the fact that there is no other, no outsider, no alien.
All are part of one great Life, all dwell and have their being in you who are Being itself. You dwell in all that is, and you love everything you have made without condition or limit.
You stagger me in these morning hours. Tears are the only language that speak the wonder of finding your love inside our hearts, filling our being so that we know utter and totally oneness with you and each other.
This is not a decision we make, not a choice at which we arrive. It is a gift and startling break-through that happens as we give ourselves to laugh and play, cry and comfort each other.
In the flow of living, we discover we are not separate from each other but one, sharing not just a common humanity, a common earth and universe, but a common life that is your life.
Discovering a oneness in sharing our lives, we know you, the Love from whom all things come, the Love that is the core of our being, our true selves, the Love that expresses itself in our tears, crystal pearls of praise for you who are Love.
You invite us to rejoice and weep with each other so we may truly live … and be utterly filled … with you.
Pr. David L. Miller
Wednesday, August 27, 2014
Rejoice in hope, be patient in suffering, persevere in prayer. Contribute to the needs of the saints; extend hospitality to strangers. Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them. Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep.
Wednesday morning, a return to the round of work after nearly a week away, and I am eager to get to it.
It is better to throw myself into the fray of doing even as I know there is far more to do than I will get done today … or ever.
Sooner or later, we all leave the stage, so to speak, and the labors of life continue. Others must pick up where we left off.
But not today. Today is my day, and I know … I am certain that blessing will come to me and through me.
This is the hope to which we are invited. To live with hospitality, to rejoice with those on whom the sun shines and to be the light of your love, Lord, for those who dwell in sadness.
All in all, this is an invitation to step inside of you. Inside.
I cannot imagine how you are in yourself, but in this world you are the flow of giving and receiving, the dance of blessing and being blessed.
We know you--we feel you--not in idle speculation but as we throw ourselves into the fray of living and loving, giving our hearts and whole lives to the dance of Love in time and space that you are.
There is only one way to know you … from inside this dance, sharing and participating in this flow of life where we know ourselves inside of you … and you inside filling us.
So rejoice with those who rejoice, bless everything and everyone in sight, be patient when life is hard, and share the sorrow and lighten the hearts of those in sadness.
And hope … always hope that amid it all your heart and eyes will open to the truth that you are inside the Love that is now and always will be your home.
Pr. David L. Miller