Wednesday, April 08, 2015
But Peter and the apostles answered, ‘We must obey God rather than any human authority. The God of our ancestors raised up Jesus, whom you had killed by hanging him on a tree. God exalted him at his right hand as Leader and Savior.
A joy beyond
There are truths that must be spoken, joys that must be shared and love that cannot be denied or held inside.
Peter knew. He knew a Life evil cannot kill, a Love death cannot destroy. He knew God keeps the promise of life and always will. And he had to speak. No human command or power could stop him.
That’s what I want for us all, O Lord. I want to know Christ alive and loving, resurrected and real. I want to know you in every love that comes and every day that dawns.
Knowing you fills my heart beyond its capacity to hold it in. Grace and joy, blessing and beauty flow from depths of my being--no, not from but through my heart from the boundless source of grace you are.
And in the speaking and sharing I know a joy beyond any other in life. It is the joy of feeling myself in this boundless flow of a Love that never runs dry.
I am part of this flow that carries me and all who know the Love you are through this life and into the fullness of your eternal embrace.
It is for this that you made us, Holy One, to know this Love filling and spilling from us so that we must speak and share the Love that cannot be denied.
It is the fulfillment of our humanity.
Pr. David L. Miller
Monday, April 06, 2015
2 Samuel 6:14-15
David danced before the Lord with all his might; David was girded with a linen ephod. So David and all the house of Israel brought up the ark of the Lord with shouting, and with the sound of the trumpet.
The ark, symbol and presence of the Holy One, is carried into the city, but it is David who gets carried away. He dances in the street, his heart bursting with the uncontainable joy of knowing you, O Lord.
I see him, and I know him. In precious moments, I am him. And every single soul of us is invited to join him in the dance. Sometimes it happens.
I lift my hands high on Easter morning surrounded by children. They lead the congregation calling out, “Jesus is risen.”
“Alleluia,” the assembly erupts in reply, and we are lifted out of our everyday selves into the fullness of the joy we are invited to know—not just on Easter, but every day.
Ecstasy is the word. We are raised out of ourselves, beyond preoccupation with what we know and how we look. Normal worries and cares evaporate in the warmth of communal joy as resurrected Love is known and shared.
Lifted out of ourselves, ironically, we become who we are. You transform us, Holy One, into the people of love and joy you made us to be when you formed us in the image of you who are Love.
And for one blessed moment, we join David in his crazy, holy dance and know what it means to be a human being.
Pr. David L. Miller