Saturday, October 11, 2014

October 11, 2013

Today’s text

Colossians 1:26-29

The mystery that has been hidden throughout the ages and generations but has now been revealed to his saints. To them God chose to make known how great among the Gentiles are the riches of the glory of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. It is he whom we proclaim, warning everyone and teaching everyone in all wisdom, so that we may present everyone mature in Christ. For this I toil and struggle with all the energy that he powerfully inspires within me. 

Autumn night mystery

I wake up after a short night’s sleep hungry for healing. I want to see what no eyes can reveal and feel what no one can give but this Mystery who haunts my heart and all time.

I want to know the Love who is, who was and always will be, the Love who wants and treasures me, the inescapable Love who envelops all life and time, all places and people, the Love who destroys every doubt and evaporates every fear.

I want to know you this day, Loving Mystery. There is no life for me without you.

Years ago a reader paid me the highest compliment a writer (at least this one) can ever receive. “I want to see what you see,” she said. She wanted to see a world infused with love and mystery, beauty and holiness, and grace and humanity.

She wanted to see a world lit up from within by the Loving Mystery of God, shining with the Eternal Love and know the Love reaching out to her, drawing her home and all things home.

Moments come when we see, when mystery reveals its lovely self to our blinkered eyes, blinded by busy routine and the illusion that God is somewhere else, not here and now, in the depth of our souls and at work in the intricate web of all matter throughout this staggering universe.

Mystery is not a puzzle to be solved, a problem our science has not yet explained or crime detectives have yet to crack. It is the reality that cannot be fathomed or explained even when Spirit-kissed moments reveal its beauty. And moments come when you see… and know.

I leave the church and turn left on Ogden Avenue on an autumn evening. The road bends and a harvest moon, glorious, yellow and huge hangs among the tree branches. I pull my car to the side of the street and bask in the glow.

The glow is less from the moon than from some place within my soul. I am aware only of love, love for this crazy, troubled, insane and often bloody planet, love for my life, love for the people I see and work with each day, love for life itself and its mysterious Source.

Moments before sadness filled me from struggles of the day, depression over disappointments, and then appears this light, this moon, this awakened heart bearing a mystery greater than any mind can know.

Everything changes in an instant. Illumined, I am on my phone telling friends to go outside, look at the moon and let the healing light work on their souls. I want to share the moment … and the awareness of a Love mysteriously present in all things.

The mystery is the wonder of Christ, the Love who is God, deep in my flesh, suddenly appearing, totally unbidden, filling and moving me to reach out in glorious gratitude, telling me once more what is always true and real about who God is and freeing me to be who I am as I feel and know the hope of God for all that is.

Mystery is not a word much used in Lutheran circles, but I have come to love it because it captures the experience of knowing … through experiencing … something profoundly real for which words are inadequate, something that can never be explained or understood but which changes your entire outlook.

It captures the wonder of the Love who is God, filling one’s being and laboring in all of life so that Spirit and matter are joined in glorious harmony.

The mystery is Christ in you (Colossians 1:26).

My moment in the moonlight awakened my heart … one more time … to this mystery, awakening life in my soul and filling my heart with inexplicable love and gratitude. In a moment I knew: All that I am, all that has been and will be is encompassed and held by the Love who holds all of life and is drawing all things into the One Love who is God.

In an instant, I was saved from myself, released from sadness over personal failings and the depressing state of the world, released from prison walls of anxiety and doubt that shut up the heart.

I was alive again, brimming with love from a source within but so far beyond me.

There was no separation between God and me, or between God and the far-flung corners of the universe. There was only this Mysterious Love infusing all that is, making all that is a sacrament waiting to be seen and received, loved as the holy gift of the Divine Lover, hungry to meet us wherever we are … and everywhere we go.

Pr. David L. Miller.

Thursday, October 09, 2014

October 9, 2013

Today’s text
Colossians 1:26-27

The mystery that has been hidden throughout the ages and generations but has now been revealed to his saints. To them God chose to make known how great among the Gentiles are the riches of the glory of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.

Losing and finding

We lose our lives in the midst
 of living, needing to find
again the self that life
and troubles take, the soul
that judging steals,
leaving only a shell.

I am me, we are ourselves
Only in you, when we know
ourselves in the Love you are,
the Love that is always and
holds everywhere.

We need go looking, not for
ourselves, but for places
and people where Loving Mystery
is most real, speaking heart-to-
heart the life that living steals,
CPR for lost and dieing souls.

There, in that Love, we find
again the who we have lost; the
face truly ours, our joy and beauty
hidden in the Love that is and
is always.

You are Love who awakens
us to ourselves, giving us
back to ourselves when we get
lost and find no place where we
can be we, what we are.

But you are never lost, always
near, always within, deepest
core of our self, unfading beauty
hidden within, waiting to be
awakened by the kiss of
Mystery from your Loving
Nearness speaking and singing
through voices and hearts, tree
leaves and red moons, each a
verse in the great song of Love
you are.

Awaken again, Loving Mystery,
the self we are that your beauty
and joy might stain our cheeks
and lift our praise for you who
are Love and … ever here.

Pr. David L. Miller

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Today’s text

Psalm 23:1-3

The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.
   He makes me lie down in green pastures;
he leads me beside still waters;
   he restores my soul.


Stillness without quiets
the inner heart awakening
the soul to need and oneness
with the One needed.

Water draws the soul to
its banks to sit and watch
light play, shadow and blue
upon the face of depths the
eye cannot see.

Blind to what lies beneath,
the soul waits for waters
to part revealing
sacred place where soul
and Soul are one
and hearts know

But first is the wanting, the
ache of aloneness, yearning
to hear the Voice within
one's own, to feel the One
within hidden depths of self
inseparately one, united
in One Love that is
Source and Home.

In stillness the soul waits,
led into the quiet by
One who waits for us to come
home to the waters, entering
there another stillness 
that is not ache
but the bliss of knowing.

Pr. David L. Miller

Monday, October 06, 2014

Monday, October 6, 2014

Today’s text

Psalm 23:1-2

The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.
   He makes me lie down in green pastures;
he leads me beside still waters;
   he restores my soul.


Everyday I come here,
steam rising from tan
cup, breathing a promise
to awaken my mind
and bring me back
to myself.

Heady fragrance fills
my head, hope awakens,
my chest warm with gentle
flame no science measures
or begins to explain.

Hope, yes, but already
real, not far away,
awakened by something
deeper than the morning cup.

It is you, again, known, in
this mysterious knowing I
shall never understand,
warm within, touching
eyes with gentle tears to
see clearly and feel life 
awakened by something
more than rich brew.

Restoring souls is your
business, awakening again
the life that is lost in living that
living we may be, and not me
alone but we, the we, in which
so much of you … lives.

Pr.  David L. Miller