A series of biblical readings and prayers from David L. Miller, senior pastor of St. Timothy Lutheran Church, Naperville, IL. David is the former editor of The Lutheran magazine and Director of Spiritual Formation at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago.
Sunday, March 08, 2015
Monday, March 9, 2015
But I trust in you, O Lord;
I say, ‘You are my God.’
My times are in your hand;
deliver me from the hand of my enemies and persecutors.
Let your face shine upon your servant;
save me in your steadfast love.
Always, with hope
I saw Bette today, and I blessed her but not nearly as
much as she blessed me.
She will soon pass into your arms, Loving Mystery. Blessing
her was not hard, for she is dying the same way she has lived—with grace and great
love for her family and friends.
She opens her arms to receive me, filled with loving gratitude
for the beauty of life and the rich goodness of all she has received in her 87
She knows what Jesus knew as he faced the end of his
ministry—her days and years, moments and final hours rest … always … in the
hands of grace immeasurable, love unspeakable, beauty indescribable.
We sing Amazing
Grace and say the Lord’s Prayer, and she receives the blessed sacrament one
more time. Marking her head with the sign of the cross, I remind her … one more
time … that she is yours, Holy One … in life and death.
All is well, even here as she lies in the bed from
which she will soon pass into your arms. She knows your loving face has shined
on her even in her most difficult moments and years … and always will.
The grace she has received fills her with grace even
Blessed are your saints, Loving God. They teach us how
to live--always with hope, knowing … our times are in the hands of a Love
greater than we know.