A series of biblical reflections and prayers from David L. Miller, pastor of faith formation at 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.
Be gracious to me, O Lord, for I am in distress; my
eye wastes away from grief, my
soul and body also. For my life is spent with sorrow, and
my years with sighing;
Why does the soul ache? For what purpose is this
pain except to tell me what I do not and cannot have … peace of heart … at
Is the secret of joy to cease wanting, to kill the
desire to know greater beauty, hope … fulfillment?
But how I can kill desire without killing my soul
and what beauty is there?
For what am I …what are we … if not desire for More?
All of our lives we ache … for welcome, for care, for love, for respect, for
beauty … for the joy that completes the heart.
It is you, O Lord, who made us this way. It’s your
You, whose name is Seeking Love, are not content to
lose us. So you seek us in every place, writing your love in signs and sky and
human lives that we may know and be seduced into loving you.
And we are just like that, just like you, stirred to
seek what mind and heart require.
Ancient voices tell me I am not alone. The human
heart is little changed as the centuries pass. We are made in the image of
Searching Love, created to need, to want and to seek joy and completion.
Our hearts are restless until they rest you. That is
the secret—You. We are to rest in
you. Everything else in this world disappoints, sooner or later, no matter how
good, how rich, how beautiful, how joy-filled.
There is always something More the heart wants … and
needs. And those restless hearts of ours, you created as a gift to keep us
moving and seeking, hoping and loving until all our restlessness leads us home…
to rest … in the Love you are.
Today, draw me into that space where rest can come …so
my heart may have what it needs.