Tuesday, November 10, 2015
Tuesday November 10, 2015
Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel, for he has come to his people, he has set them free, and he has established for us a saving power in the House of his servant David, just as he proclaimed, by the mouth of his holy prophets from ancient times, that he would save us from our enemies and from the hands of all those who hate us, and show faithful love to our ancestors, and so keep in mind his holy covenant.
The God who comes
People of faith have one hope through all history, and God has one story to impress on our hearts so that we know our hope is fulfilled ... and always will be.
One story: The story of God coming to us, to love and bless, to warm our hearts when they are cold and fill us with hope when all hope seems gone.
God comes and always will come to us to give us the treasure of God’s heart, the unfailing love that gives life to we who fear and fail, just as God has promised.
I reject the language that speaks of God’s intervention into human lives. God does not intervene. There is no need because God is present all along. There is no moment when God needs to step into a situation to change things for the better. God is always there, a living, loving presence, a saving power who lifts us from doubt and despair so that we know we dwell constantly in the land of God’s abiding nearness.
Yes, times come when events turn and it seems as if God has finally heard and answered our prayer: a moment of healing, a friend who offers exactly the help we need, a sudden change in our fortunes.
All these and so much more are gifts from the God of Light from whom all blessings come.
But make no mistake: God has already come, and God is always coming. God first came in the burst of light at the dawn of creation and has been coming to creation ever since.
God comes in acts of deliverance and mercy, in every act of justice and compassion in the history of our world. God comes decisively in the incarnation of the divine heart in our brother Jesus, and in the depth of our love and longing for life for ourselves and for our whole dying world.
God comes and will continue to come in every time, every moment, to every heart until all things are filled with the Love God is.
Pr. David L. Miller