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.
I am not
alone because the Father is with me. I have said this to you, so that you may
have peace. In the world you face persecution. But take courage, I have
conquered the world. Love’s
Wherever I go, whatever
distance is traveled in miles or years there you are, always.
Your victory is that of uncontainable
love that time cannot weary and distance cannot dim. You are ever there, ever
loving and ever seeking my heart that I may know and become the Love that I
know in you.
To know is eternal life,
a blessed taste, now, of all that is to be, the joy you intend.
This is a knowing that
transcends all study and every book. It comes amid the need of the heart for a
To enter the peace of knowing, our hearts must
risk despair and dare to trust that there is a Love beyond expectation,
a Love that wants and treasures the beloved,
a Love that takes down our walls, stone by stone,
a Love that enters the lonely enclave where we
hide our pain,
a Love that endures, patiently convincing our doubting
souls that it is true,
a Love that conquers our hearts … until we know what Love knows.
You are that Love. You
have conquered the world and its hold on my heart that I may enter the peace of
knowing, You, wherever I go and whatever distance is traveled.