Thursday, August 10, 2017
Immediately [Jesus] made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead to the other side, while he dismissed the crowds. And after he had dismissed the crowds, he went up the mountain by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone,
I see you there and want to be with you. The new day dawns, and I want no more drama, no issues or questions to resolve, just quiet. With you.
I know that sounds selfish, especially when millions struggle with hunger, conflict, disease, heartache and sorrow. It's the human condition. Why should I have a little peace?
But you, too, wanted to be quiet, survey the lake and sky, feel the breeze on your skin and let it all transport you into the depth of your soul where you know that Mystery, the Love who stills the heart and awakens a smile of knowing.
You needed that, and so do I.
Today I see you on that hillside, and I am there with you, watching as you look beyond the blue waters, your soul resting in the grace of a Love I have wanted to know all my life.
I know it here, with you.
Storms will come, anxious days when threats and misunderstandings abound. But I will remember the quiet of this time, the stillness of your heart encompassing my own.
I go to this day knowing … what it is to be with you here.
Beloved One, may I live your peace, today.
Pr. David L. Miller
Monday, August 07, 2017
They replied, ‘We have nothing here but five loaves and two fish.’ And Jesus said, ‘Bring them here to me.’
Where it all starts
My soul is quiet today. Still, I start here. I bring my heart to you. For that is what you command and invite, “Bring what you have to me. Bring what you are to me.”
So I come, not knowing what you will do with what I have and am.
When your friends brought you a few loaves and some fish you made a feast for more than 5000. I have no idea how you did it. Rational explanations have been tried. They all sound lame.
Maybe you inspired people to share what they already had. This may satisfy some minds, but not mine.
Something more is going on. Plus, I really don’t need to understand. That desire wanes as the years pass. You realize there are mysteries that are as real as the love in your beating heart which you will never understand.
What I know is this: You loved the people you saw on that rocky shore. You loved them and felt their hunger. The feast was born of the Great Love that beat at your heart. That’s how all miracles happen. They all start with love.
And today … as every day … I see it in your face, in your smile, in your joy.
So I bring myself, my heart and all I am to you, little knowing what you will do with me. So do as you choose, and we’ll see what the new day brings.
Pr. David L. Miller