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.
Then I saw a new heaven
and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and
the sea was no more.And I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming
down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, ‘See, the
home of God is among mortals. He will
dwell with them; they will
be his peoples, and God himself
will be with them; he will
wipe every tear from their eyes.’
ache today, O Lord. I ache to know you, to find and feel your nearness in the eyes
and hearts of others with whom I share this work, this faith, this struggle to
know who we are in you and what we are to be.
get weary of feeling alone sometimes. Cut off from friends who breathe life
into me. Ignored by those I serve as if what and who I am make no difference, a
wall flower at a party where I do not belong and at which no one really wants
me, an irrelevancy, lost in world that has passed me by.
hunger for community, to be touched, known, loved, treasured, and to belong to
this new city, a soul community that is the home of the Loving Mystery who is
the only true home we ever have.
I want to be home in the Love you are, a Love that lives in the eyes and hearts
of those who truly know you. You live in communities where hearts can breathe
the fresh air of freedom only Love truly provides.
long for the city of God, a place, a time, even a moment, where being is all
that is needed, where every breath draws in the Love who is the soul’s true home.