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.
Friday, July 24, 2015
Friday, July 24, 2015
Surely goodness and mercy shall
follow me all
the days of my life, and I
shall dwell in the house of theLord my
whole life long.
This life is a journey of unknowing. We do not know where we will go, who
we will meet or what surprises will come. We do not know the dark valleys we
will walk or what heights of crazy exhilaration will make us laugh, weep and
dance. We cannot see what friends will appear to delight our hearts or what
failures will weigh on our souls.
We don’t know.
And the longer we live the more we discover how little we understand the
workings of the world and the mysteries of the human heart, especially are own.
Life unfolds as it will. Surprises come turning us in directions we could
not have anticipated but which we must live with as much grace and hope as we
But the darkness of unknowing is grace, taking from us the illusion of
control and any idea that our minds and strength will ever be enough to live
the lives we are given.
In this darkness, the heart curls up and closes down in abject fear, or
it opens to receive the mystery of what is and what will be without demanding
I am not sure why the darkness of unknowing turns some to fear and others
to open-hearted reception of life. Perhaps the sheer blessing of life and
breath have opened a foundational faith that behind every goodness there is a Goodness,
a Heart beyond their own whom they cannot see and cannot ever know.
Perhaps the mercies and graces that have touched their flesh have also
reached their heart, suggesting an inner grace at the heart of life, a
generosity of love and beauty that is not just there, but which follows and
seeks human hearts wherever they go.
I just know there are hearts not cowed by the darkness. They welcome the
days of unknowing, which is every day in every life. They dwell in hope, trusting
that the darkness hides a Love that pursues and catches us ... and won't let go.
They know wherever they go and whatever happens … they live in the house
of Lord, the land of the Beloved, whose mercy and goodness follow us every step
of our journey.