Friday, January 16, 2015

Friday, January 16, 2015

Mark 1:14-15

Now after John was arrested, Jesus came to Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God, and saying, ‘The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near; repent, and believe in the good news.’

A mind of joy

The sun sinks slowly behind
a line of trees, bare branches
breaking the orange glow
of a winter-weakened sun
into a thousand angled windows
of fading light, each cherished
as day light slips into January cold.
Sitting in the wonder of light
the heart travels far beyond sun
to the Light who is Light,
the Source of moments
of watching and feeling love
for the blessing of day,
for the light that finds chilled
cheeks and warms hearts
with the joy of being, the
ecstasy of being here …
in the orange glow of winter
sun as day gives way to night.

From what mystery comes
this joy, this love unexpected,
rising up, filling the heart,
spilling tears warmer than
any sunny day?

Tomorrow, a different sun will
rise, a new day, unknown,
simply given, to be welcomed
for whatever it brings. But
already the glow of day’s end
awakens hope that tomorrow
will be as full and graced as this.

Why this joy, this love,
this hope? Are our hearts tuned
to joy that the Joy of the Infinite
One might warm the hearts and
awaken tears at the sight of
setting suns, such a common
thing, happens every day?

No, not so common, each day
is miracle, each atom of light
a wonder, each moment of sight
a joy for hearts tuned to see
holiness and gift in the light of
winter suns. The kingdom of Love
is here, present among the tree
branches farming orange winter
light at odd angles as jet contrails
plow cobalt skies and fade into
wisps in winter’s bitter cold. But
there is no fading here, in this heart
that sees and knows, this mind
of joy, awakened by Love to the
good news of the holy kingdom
not far but here in every moment
kissed by Love and loved for whatever
small blessing it brings.

For the mind of joy, awakened
by Love, time is fulfilled, as full as
this heart in orange winter glow.

Pr. David L. Miller

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