Sunday, July 08, 2018

Sunday, July 8, 2018

Mark 14:32-36

They went to a place called Gethsemane; and he said to his disciples, ‘Sit here while I pray.’ He took with him Peter and James and John, and began to be distressed and agitated. And he said to them, ‘I am deeply grieved, even to death; remain here, and keep awake.’ And going a little farther, he threw himself on the ground and prayed that, if it were possible, the hour might pass from him. He said, ‘Abba, Father, for you all things are possible; remove this cup from me; yet, not what I want, but what you want.’

Stay awake to who you are, to what you are called to be and do, for you are a word, a life, spoken by God as a partial expression of God’s own being.

Suffering and threat, discouragement and resistance from others and within yourself dissuades you from being that which you are. This is the central temptation of life, to be something other, something less than the soul you are.

An easier road appears that sidesteps the pain of speaking and living the truth of your life, of being the particular soul of love you are created to be and ever more to become. No human soul avoids this temptation, and everyone (except one, I suppose) falls under its sway at least sometimes.

Jesus does not fall to the power that opposes him and each of us. He prays. He stays awake to the power that tempts him and even more to the depth of his soul where he knows and hears the Voice of Love who tells him who he is and calls him to his mission.

He does not lose himself. He does not turn from the Love who lives within him to an easier way, but in suffering reveals the fullness of the divine heart, the Infinite Love who goes into death to break its power.

Staying awake is about knowing this Love, taking it in with every breath, sitting in silence and knowing you are not your mind, your thoughts, your accomplishments, failures nor even your hopes. 

You are not what others think of you nor the opinions you have long held about yourself.
Let it all go, and know: You are an expression of Everlasting Love. All that most matters is knowing this and living each moment in the freedom only such Love can give.

Life’s busy distractions and entertainments, its inevitable compromises, conflicts and pleasures, too, make it easy to lose yourself, to fall asleep and be so much less than you are. The best thing that can happen then is to feel the ache of incompletion within your heart, for that is the voice of Jesus calling you again to wake and know.

Pr. David L. Miller

Tuesday, July 03, 2018

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

John 13:1-5

Now before the festival of the Passover, Jesus knew that his hour had come to depart from this world and go to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end. The devil had already put it into the heart of Judas son of Simon Iscariot to betray him. And during supper Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he had come from God and was going to God, got up from the table, took off his outer robe, and tied a towel around himself. Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet and to wipe them with the towel that was tied around him.

Knowing who you are

Knowing who you are, you know what to do, and you have strength within to give yourself to it. Jesus knew. Do you?

He knew he would be betrayed. He knew he would suffer. But first he knew he was the presence of the Immeasurable and Inconceivable, the Love who is before time … and who is for us and all creation.

He knew the time had come to reveal the Heart who is our truest home. And knowing, he took a towel and washed the feet of his friends, like a servant. I cannot see this and not love him. It is impossible, for I see the Love by whom we are loved and I know who I am and who I can be, although I am so often not.

I am the object, the recipient, the treasured pearl of the One who is this Great Love. As are you.  

Imagine for a moment that it is your feet he washes. His hands move across the sole, then the toes, arch and top of your feet. See and know: It is our lives being caressed by the Love we have always needed but for which we could scarcely ask, ashamed of admitting our crying need and fearing such Love is impossible, an illusion.

But his hands tell us it is not illusion.

Jesus washes feet, a defining act, in which we know … who God is, who we are … and the Love we can share.

We are more blessed and noble creatures than we assume. We enter our true blessedness and nobility when we know, when the Love he is halts our driven lives and anxious efforts to prove our worth and asks, “Do you know?

Real life starts in knowing.

Pr. David L. Miller

Saturday, June 30, 2018

Saturday, June 30, 2018

John 11:32-37

When Mary came where Jesus was and saw him, she knelt at his feet and said to him, ‘Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.’ When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who came with her also weeping, he was greatly disturbed in spirit and deeply moved. He said, ‘Where have you laid him?’ They said to him, ‘Lord, come and see.’ Jesus began to weep. So the Jews said, ‘See how he loved him!’ But some of them said, ‘Could not he who opened the eyes of the blind man have kept this man from dying?’

Why I believe

The way to understand Jesus’ divinity, his God-ness, is through the depth of his humanity, which is fully on display in these words. He comes, he sees the sorrow of people he loves and he stands at the tomb of a friend … and weeps.

I love Jesus for this. I don’t love Jesus for his power. I don’t love him because he did wondrous things, like raising his friend, Lazarus, from death.

I love him for his tears … for being profoundly human, for sharing human vulnerability and sorrow. 

Here I know: I am not alone. None of us are. This Love that he is … stands with us, mourning the destruction of life and beauty, aching for restoration.

The humanity of God glistens in his tears, revealing the depth of divine love.

In Jesus’ heart, there is a Voice who speaks, “This should not be! Life must not be reduced to dust. Beauty and joy, color and laughter must prevail, for that is my will, my hope, my dream.”

This is God’s voice, the Loving Spirit who filled Jesus from first to last through his life. Healing and hope begins here.

Our hope for new life each and every day, our hope for final resurrection begin in the wounded heart of God that refuses to be content with anything less than life, life healed, life restored, life raised from every death that lays us low.

Jesus invites us to the privilege of knowing God through his tears that we may know we are loved beyond all imagination by the One whose heart refuses to let us go.

Pr. David L. Miller

Monday, June 25, 2018

Monday, June 25, 2018

Mark 1:14-15

Jesus came to Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God, and saying, ‘The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near; repent, and believe in the good news.’ 


Do you know what kind of world this is? Can you believe that today is extraordinary? Can you go beyond the mind you have and truly see the wonder into which you woke this morning?

Despite the bitter divides of the political realm, despite the dying and struggling that goes on in every land, place and family, despite the injustice and denial of mercy that wounds millions ... even helpless children longing for shelter, this is a world in which the kingdom of God is present.

Many things seem to contradict such faith, but the energy of God’s love is here and now.

You see and feel it in every act of grace, every small mercy and every impulse to care and love. You know it every moment your heart with gratitude yearns to cry aloud, “thank you!” Thank you for the sacred gift of life that animates our bodies and for every glimpse of light and color that delights our senses.

The anger and bitterness that poisons so much of our public and political life fixates our minds on the ugliness of the times, poisoning our souls, hardening our hearts.

From this Jesus graciously calls us to repent, that is to go beyond your present mind to a new mind, a new way of seeing, a way that must be re-claimed each new day. Look beyond what divides. Look beyond the bitterness of the news. Look beyond all that fixates the mind on what is small, petty and divisive.

Look into your own heart and see the hunger for love and beauty. Look at the beauty of flower and hear the laughter of children when they are really being children, unperturbed by all that preoccupies their elders. Look and see where beauty lies and what is graceful and good. Look and see.

You live in a world where the kingdom of God, the living presence of the Love, is alive and well. Look and see. Believe the good news.

Pr. David L. Miller

Friday, June 22, 2018

Friday, June 22, 2018

Matthew 3:16-27

And when Jesus had been baptized, just as he came up from the water, suddenly the heavens were opened to him and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him. And a voice from heaven said, ‘This is my Son, the Beloved, with whom I am well pleased.’

At one

Moments come when my heart and the heart of God are like two circles, one overlying the other. The circles intersect within me, at least in part, and love floods in through the place they overlap. 

The Spirit God flows through the opening into me.  My heart is lifted into an exquisite joy that is only known when the human soul is one with its Source.

The moment may not endure for long, but the awareness and joy lingers long after, filling the body with energy and joy, vitality and strength, and contentment with being exactly who one is—a soul made by and intended for this unity.

This experience helps me understand Jesus.

The title Son of God is not to be understood biologically but relationally. Jesus is the Son who lives in constant unity, oneness with God.

The circle of Jesus heart and the circle of the Holy Mystery overlap completely, one superimposed over the other so that divinity, the Loving Mystery, fills and flows through him without obstruction.

The Spirit is unimpeded in him. Spirit flows from eternity through his physical body to reveal the wonder God is, the Love God is, the healing God is, the abiding presence God is.

In moments of oneness, when the circles overlap however partially in my heart, I know. I know who God is, and Jesus is truly my brother and savior. What he knew in full ... I know in part, even as he leads me to know the fullness of the Love Who Is and who hungers to flow into us as we pray and live, opening ourselves to the Love who is ... everywhere.

Be at peace. We are, of all beings, most privileged to know this mystery.

Pr. David L. Miller

Monday, June 11, 2018

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Luke 15:17, 31-32

But when he came to himself he said, “How many of my father’s hired hands have bread enough and to spare, but here I am dying of hunger!
Then the father said to him, “Son, you are always with me, and all that is mine is yours. But we had to celebrate and rejoice, because this brother of yours was dead and has come to life; he was lost and has been found.”’

One thing doesn’t change

A man has two sons. One takes his inheritance while the father is still living, thinking he can separate from the family and make a better life elsewhere.

The older son stays home, works like a dog on his father’s estate, doing everything he thinks his father wants from him … and resents it.

How many sons does the father have? Answer: none. One discards his identity and treats his father as if he doesn’t matter. The other never accepts and claims his identity as a son. Neither of them realize who they are … or how privileged.

But the younger son comes to himself and realizes he has a home and a father to which to return. He doesn’t claim his identity right away. He returns home hoping for a job, believing he burnt his bridges so there’s no going back to where he started. He refuses to believe his father will accept him as a son until his father sees him coming and throws a party.

The elder never left but also never accepted that all the father has, the love, the wealth, the blessings … are all his. All he ever needed to do was accept and enjoy what is right in front of him. Instead he resents his father and refuses to celebrate his brother’s return.

How many sons does the father have now? Answer: one, unless the older son comes to his senses and joins the party.

The story is all about identity, ours and God’s. God is full of grace and love, giving us a privileged identity as blessed children, sharing the wealth of divine life and love with us. It is God’s good pleasure to do so.

All that is in Christ is ours—forgiveness and blessing, power and wisdom, and intimacy with the great love that is in him. This, too, is ours.

Accept it, trust it, receive and revel in being God’s beloved, a soul in whom God delights. This is who you are. Never forget it. Remind yourself of this central truth of your life every morning. Nothing that happens today … or ever … can change this.
It’s who you are … and who God is.                  

Pr. David L. Miller

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Monday, June 11, 2018

Luke 12:1-3

Meanwhile, when the crowd gathered in thousands, so that they trampled on one another, he began to speak first to his disciples, ‘Beware of the yeast of the Pharisees, that is, their hypocrisy. Nothing is covered up that will not be uncovered, and nothing secret that will not become known. Therefore whatever you have said in the dark will be heard in the light, and what you have whispered behind closed doors will be proclaimed from the housetops.

True to you

In ancient Greece, actors on the stage were hupocrites, in modern English, hypocrites. They wore the face of another who was not them. Their surface appearance didn’t reveal the truth, the heart of the person.

This was the problem of the Pharisees, Jesus said. They played a role. Everything looked good and righteous, pious and faithful. But on the inside their hearts were far from the justice and compassion that are true faithfulness to God.

They were pretenders for the sake of how others see them, driven by the ego’s need to look good in the eyes of others.

All humanity shares this affliction, of course. Too much of what is inside us is not fit for public viewing—our sin, angry words, nasty thoughts, judgmental opinions. We, too, shape our public image so that is better than what we know of ourselves.

God knows all this, of course, and loves us anyway—fully, totally, extraordinarily and forever. We are sinful, but beloved sinners who should not think ourselves shameful or worthless because we fall short of the goodness God seeks in us.

Acknowledging and confessing our sin is not an exercise in groveling. It is the cure for hypocrisy. It leads us into greater awareness of the Love who wants and transforms us into people who are not actors but true expressions of the Love God is for us … and for all.

Holy One, this day may we live not for the sake of how others see us, but only for the sake of your love.

Pr. David L. Miller

Friday, June 08, 2018

Friday, June 8, 2018

Luke 18: 13-14

But the tax-collector, standing far off, would not even look up to heaven, but was beating his breast and saying, “God, be merciful to me, a sinner!” I tell you, this man went down to his home justified rather than the other; for all who exalt themselves will be humbled, but all who humble themselves will be exalted.’

Just be and know

Each day is unique. We may be sick or well, full of energy or listless. Our hours may satisfy our hearts or feel empty of meaning and devoid hope for the things we most desire.

Our hearts may confuse and confound us, divided as we often are about what we most want and need to live a fulfilling life.

You ask only that we come to you bearing our sin, our confusion, our uncertainty and unfocused lives, and lay it all out before you, speaking whatever is in us.

For only by speaking, holding nothing back, can we arrive at the blessed place where inner silence becomes an experience of you. Quiet settles over the heart, and we know ... this Love that is ever and always present waiting for us. Our home.

And the path home is simple honesty about our humanity and need.

It’s simple, so simple we seldom walk this way. But when we do our hearts rest in a free space where we know the Love who lies at the center of the soul ... and there is no need to know or do anything else. Just be ... and know.

Pr. David L. Miller

Monday, June 04, 2018

Monday, June 4, 2018

Romans 7:22-25

I delight in the law of God in my inmost self, but I see in my members another law at war with the law of my mind, making me captive to the law of sin that dwells in my members. Wretched man that I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death? Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord!

Truly one      

The divided heart is the source of great pain. The ego demands recognition, achievement, seeking always to be respected and taken seriously. Beneath this, our basic physical desires drives us toward the pleasure and satisfaction of fundamental hungers as quickly as possible.

There is another desire as deep or deeper than these within us that seeks higher purpose. We seek to live at one, at peace, with a higher self, what some spiritual writers call ‘true self,’ identified by these and others as the image of God, or even as the “God-seed, within us.

Human hearts are at war with themselves, battlegrounds of opposing desires, until they surrender to the presence of Love, the true self, within. But it can happen in in surrender to Love. Until then, there can be no peace. But the peace of oneness comes.

It happens in moments when we know, just simply know, a great love within us for ourselves and for all creation. It happens when we experience our lives as a great gift, feeling the wonder of being alive, in existence and surrounded by a universe of color and immensity.

It happens when—for even the briefest of moments—the heart simply trusts that the Love it feels within and releases the ego’s insistent demands.  It happens when our hearts feel truly one, sharing union with the Love from which we can never be separated.

It is then that the hearts rests quietly with the heart of Christ within us, our small heart resting at peace inside the embrace of his great heart that embraces all things.

It is then that the internal war ceases, and the heart smiles, knowing … it has finally found home.

Pr. David L. Miller

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Matthew 13:24-30

“Master, did you not sow good seed in your field? Where, then, did these weeds come from?” He answered, “An enemy has done this.” The slaves said to him, “Then do you want us to go and gather them?” But he replied, “No; for in gathering the weeds you would uproot the wheat along with them. Let both of them grow together until the harvest; and at harvest time I will tell the reapers, ‘Collect the weeds first and bind them in bundles to be burned, but gather the wheat into my barn.”

Fields of gold

Watch the wheat. Keep your eyes on goodness and grace, beauty and care. You live amid fields of gold. Refuse to be distracted by the weeds within, and your soul will grow expansive and great ... like the heart of God.

In Nebraska, I lived on a knoll surrounded by broad where I witnessed the annual drama of planting, growth and harvest. Two moments of exquisite beauty never failed to move me.

In late winter, there always came a sunlit day when the warm rays reflected translucent green, the color of hope, as sun light illumined tender shoots, still encased in ice, as the wheat, long dormant, was raised to life.

Then came late June, when west winds stirred waves of wheat rolling like ocean swells across the fields. Golden stems, their heads heavy with grain, flowed like water, an unceasing tide of life across gentle slopes that stretched to the sunset.

There were weeds, of course, green and scraggly, that spoiled the perfection that moved my heart. But mostly, I looked beyond them to see the beauty of land and sky, the gratuitous bounty of the earth, eager I was to dig my hands into deep piles of harvested kernels and feel the life-sustaining kernels run through my fingers.  

This is how God sees the world and the weeds that spoil the beauty of life we each are. The Holy Love remains undistracted by the weeds, the problems, the evil that threaten the beauty and joy of this good creation.

God’s eyes and heart focus on growing wheat ... and will not risk losing one single plant, not one single grain. Not one.

We do well to imitate this, looking at the grain, the beauty, the hope, freeing our vision from fixation with what is wrong. For then the seeds of God’s life and love grow in us to greater harvest.

Pr. David L. Miller

Monday, May 14, 2018

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Acts 17: 28

He is not far from each one of us. For “In him we live and move and have our being”….

Cardinals, too

A cardinal lights on a low branch of the bushes in front of the breezeway, seeking shelter from the rain under the dense, green canopy. I didn’t recognize him at first, my glasses being off as I read the morning paper.  But the distinctive spike at the back of his head soon gave him away.

A happy, noisy, red bird came to visit me again. That’s been happening a lot lately. They seem more plentiful this spring, and they never fail to bring a smile.

Today, he was in no hurry to leave. The rain kept him near, five feet at the most, and no fear at my presence distressed him as he waited out the drops, occasionally calling out, ‘tuu, tuu, tuuuu." I echoed his call with a breathy whistle which likely confused him. What could he possibly make of a 187 pound cardinal whose call sounds, well, a little sick?

Then, silent as he came, he flew off, leaving me a few degrees happier to have been visited by a colorful guest who shared shelter from the rain with me.

Gratuitous is the word that comes to mind. It was a little moment that is a gift, free, gratis; it just came without any effort from me, waking my smile and reminding me that I share this earth with wondrous creatures that delight my eye and gladden my heart.

Why should something so small and inconsequential in the great sweep of time change my day, lighten my heart and lift my vision toward greater expectations of the goodness of what life brings?

Maybe it starts with a simple faith, a fundamental trust in two things: first, that the wondrous Source of this universe is beneficent, generous beyond any and all expectations; and second that this mysterious Love is somehow present and sharing Love’s own substance in every moment.

In him we live and move and have our being. The One who is Love surrounds and inhabits us. Love is the substance of our being, of cardinals, too. 

Lovely when you are awaken enough to see it.

Pr. David L. Miller

Friday, May 11, 2018

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Luke 11:1-2

Jesus was praying in a certain place, and after he had finished, one of his disciples said to him, ‘Lord, teach us to pray, as John taught his disciples.’ He said to them, ‘When you pray, say:
Father, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come. 


“Teach us to pray.” There is a desire beneath the request: I want to know God.

All these centuries later, it is easy to imagine Jesus pulling away by himself and sitting in repose, resting in the Presence he calls Father.

It is easy, too, to understand that Jesus ‘friends wanted what he had. They wanted to know what he knew, this intimacy with the Great Loving Mystery.

What they didn’t know is that the Father shares the same desire. The desire of their hearts is the echo of God’s Spirit in the depth of our own.

The voice of God beckons. Come, sit in my nearness and know me; know the Love I am. Be here ... with me.

Love desires our presence. Love hungers for our attention. Love wants to give to us what this great God shared in intimate closeness with our brother, Jesus. Love wants to fill us that we may become the Love who is the Source of our being.

This is why are moved to pray ... to know the One Jesus knew.  Knowing God ... experiencing in our depths the Love God is ... is what we seek in prayer.

We pray for the kingdom of God to come, first, in us.

Pr. David L. Miller

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Friday, May 11, 2018

Matthew 5:13, 16

‘You are the light of the world. ... Let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.

You are light

Who am I? This question is emblazoned on the heart of every human being. We come into existence having had no choice in the matter, given life as a gift and a question.

Yet, here the unspoken question of every human heart finds an answer: You are light.

The life in you is the energy of the most High God, a light unique and intended to shine with its particular radiance and color that God may be known and praised as the Holy Source of all that is good and lovely under the sun.

Glory comes as the light of God’s love is refracted through the prism of our being, divine light broken into particular colors and intensity as it penetrates, pervades and passes through our unique identities.

In the light of eternal love, each of us shines to illumine other souls, shedding the light of divine love and beauty on whatever small or large corner of creation God has placed within the compass of our lives.

You are light. There is no room for thinking yourself small or of little significance. There is light, joy, love, wonder, beauty and hope within you.

Open your heart and be what you are. The glory of God is you ... shining and alive with the light of an everlasting love.

Pr. David L. Miller

Sunday, May 06, 2018

Sunday, May 6, 2018

Romans 8:14-17
For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God. For you did not receive a spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received a spirit of adoption. When we cry, ‘Abba! Father!’ it is that very Spirit bearing witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs, heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ—if, in fact, we suffer with him so that we may also be glorified with him.

Glorious contradiction

There is a contradiction in the Christian life between immense joy and unquenchable yearning. It is a glorious contradiction that gives depth and meaning, awakening great love and hope in our hearts.

The Spirit of the Holy One cries out in our spirits at the wonder of life and beauty. We are surrounded by the greening of life as spring raises the dead from winter’s cold. Light and life, color and contour, delight the heart even more than the eye.

Filled with joy our hearts stream out in a cry as wide as the sky, “My Lord and my God, how wondrous you are. Thank you for this earth, for this life, for the wonder that I should be here under the blue expanse to see and feel all that surrounds me. Thank you that I should feel and know that I am your beloved child.”

Without quenching this praise, God’s Spirit within us also aches amid the pain and sorrow that stain every corner of creation. Hatred and hunger, poverty and pain, disease and distress, pollution and degradation mar the goodness of all God has made.

The Spirit groans in pain, but also in hope for the fullness of God’s plan to restore creation so that everything ... everywhere ... and every corner of our being is filled with praise for God’s glory, knowing only beauty and love.

We simultaneously hold both— the joy and the longing, the praise and the pain—living in this glorious contradiction, honored to know the Spirit of the Holy One within our own.

Pr.   David L. Miller

Saturday, May 05, 2018

Saturday, May 5, 2018

Ephesians 1:3-6

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, just as he chose us in Christ before the foundation of the world to be holy and blameless before him in love. He destined us for adoption as his children through Jesus Christ, according to the good pleasure of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace that he freely bestowed on us in the Beloved.


A scene comes to mind. It is near the end of the first century. A respected elder stands in the middle of a house lit only by candles. He holds a letter sent to a few Christian congregations in eastern Turkey. People fall silent as he reads to the group standing three deep around a bare-wood table, others sitting on the floor.

“God has blessed us with every spiritual blessing … he chose us before the world was made … he destined us to be his children.”

Us … even this the word blesses and brings joy. All these blessings, these graces, this immortal divine love is for us.

There is no ego, no hoarding in this scene. There is no room for boasting or exclusion. The words spoken and the truth they convey create a community of shared blessing where none can say that they have something others do not have.

They are joined in the mystery of grace. In the darkness of an Ephesian evening, the light in their hearts is much brighter than the candle light.

For they know: God’s eternal plan is to shower such divine love on all creation. And they feel it already there in the darkness.

This is why we gather, 20 centuries later. To hear, to feel and to know the mystery of the love that chooses us.

Pr. David L. Miller

Thursday, May 03, 2018

Friday, May 4, 2018

Genesis 1:26

Then God said, ‘Let us make humankind in our image, according to our likeness.’ 

Anxiety’s gift

A very good man is in surgery as I write today. I know ... this happens every day. People get sick, physicians treat diseases and surgeons operate on people every single day, and the outcome is never a sure thing. That’s life.

But today it is someone I know, respect and love. I am one of many who fall into that category, and we all want the same thing for him, healing, restoration and hope for a tomorrow that is filled with the joy of family, faith and friends.

The anxiety of surgery awakens awareness that life is uncertain, unpredictable and, well, you just never know what can happen or how long it will be before the specter of disease or even sudden death will touch your family ... or you.

However anxious this day may be, this anxiety comes bearing a gift of depth and love. It awakens gratitude for God’s gift of life.

None of us calls ourselves into being. We are not the source of our existence. Life, breath, the simple reality of being is a mystery, a wonder given to us without our asking or doing anything to make it happen.

We are created, which means we are dependent upon the Source of Life, who ... we believe ... made us in the very image and likeness of God. And it is to this Loving Mystery that our hearts cry on days such as this.

We fly into the arms of God—our Maker, our sustainer, our hope—on the wings of our needs. So even on days like this, we thank you, O Lord, for you call us again to know you.

You made us for yourself. Sharing your image, our hearts find peace nowhere else ... but in you.

Pr. David L. Miller

Wednesday, May 02, 2018

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Genesis 1:1-3

In the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth, the earth was a formless void and darkness covered the face of the deep, while a wind from God swept over the face of the waters. Then God said, ‘Let there be light’; and there was light. And God saw that the light was good.

Because I know

Morning breeze blows the steam rising from my cup as cars go by on the street in front of Starbucks. Air finally warm drifts across my bare arms, happy to be unsheathed after a winter too long. People park, enter the shop and emerge with cups in hand, continuing with their day.

Joy fills my heart because I know it is true: Everything that is, everything I am  ... is because of you. Joy comes with knowing everything I see and everything I am has a beginning in you.

You create that you may have one more thing, one more beauty, one more person to love. In the beginning there is just you, just the love you are. You call light into being, and I am part of that light even as the light of new day wakes the earth.

Finding a moment of repose in these early spring days, I feel the love that is in everything.

Your Spirit Heavenly One, sweeps over everything I see. One translation says the Spirit hovers over the deep. I like that: hovering, like mother bird keeping watch, delighting in everything you see, loving it and inviting me to love it all just as you do.

May I love it all today, everything that comes, every face I see. Loving as you will make it a very good day.

Pr. David L. Miller

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Friday, April 27, 2018

Isaiah 43:4-5a

Because you are precious in my sight, and honored, and I love you, I give people in return for you, nations in exchange for your life. Do not fear, for I am with you ... .

Precious to me

Listen, just listen: You are precious in my sight.

Know this, before anything else. You are wanted, chosen, beloved by God who will give whatever it takes to draw you into the divine embrace that you may know how loved you are.

You are the pearl of great price, the apple of God’s eye. The Holy One looks at you and smiles as we might smile at a tender child, a grandchild, a life for which we would give everything. The light of God’s gaze holds you in a warmth you are to know in the depths of your heart.

I am precious. Repeat this to yourself every morning lest you forget. Make it your mantra. Then go live your day, knowing. For in knowing, you will shine with light of God’s delight.

You will make mistakes and fail. Sin will mar your heart, your words and actions. We all sin and fail to fulfill God’s hope for us. Despair and disappointments will also come. But these moments do not define you. They can do nothing to change the heart of God.

Your entire relationship with God rests on one truth: You are loved with an everlasting love, a love that God delights to give you. This is the fundamental truth of your life.

Wherever you go, whatever you do, trust this. And live.

Pr. David L. Miller