Thursday, April 28, 2016

Thursday, April 28, 2016

John 14:23, 27

Jesus answered him, ‘Those who love me will keep my word, and my Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them. … Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives.’

One word

There is only one word in your vocabulary, Holy One. Love is the word, as Love is your nature, and we are to keep that word, the word that you are.

A successful day is any day where love is known and awakens the Love Who Is within us. All other days are lived far from the peace you alone give.

Funny that I should use such a word, success. I don’t really like it, and it is not typically considered a spiritual word. In fact, American visions of success are often defined by pursuits that hinder the spiritual life, wealth, fame, power, influence and status.

Jesus criticized making these things the focus of our lives, telling us instead to seek the Kingdom of God and its righteousness. His words and life define that righteousness.

He poured water in a pan and washed his friends’ feet, an act of humble loving service. This is the word we are to keep.

Keeping that word, we find that there is a Love in us we did not create but discover in our depths. This is the indwelling of God, and it is this indwelling that moves us to love in the first place. But in living this love we discover the Loving Mystery living in us.

It is a circle you can enter any point. You can discover Love living within and then live that love, or you can give yourself to this crazy world in acts of love and discover the Love Who Is was always there, in you, waiting to be known and cherished.

And to know you within, Holy One, to know the Love Who Is, is to enter the peace that Love alone can give.

The day is still new. Sleep has not yet fallen from my eyes. Coffee is yet required. But already I know you, and I know that I will enter the land of your peace this day. For you speak the one word you are in every love I meet and every love I feel.

Pr. David L. Miller

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