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.
Thursday, November 08, 2018
Thursday, November 8, 2018
Lift up your heads, O gates! and be lifted up, O ancient doors! that the King of glory may come in.
You are the reason
You were not created to
live in fear but with joy, to welcome the victor over every fear each new day.
God is like a victorious
warrior returning from battle to Jerusalem. The city gates are thrown wide open
in ecstatic joy to welcome the victor to the holy place, the temple, to shower
the blessings of divine life and love, replacing anxiety with elation, sorrow
with tears of joy.
The gates cannot open
quickly enough to receive the victor in whose presence our souls brim, safe in
the embrace of divine favor.
With each new day, we can
pray, ‘Lift up your heads, O gates!”
Open the gates of
deepest soul and welcome the Love who is victorious over all that furrows your
brow and fevers your heart. This Love, this Holy One, comes to you anew every
day, filled with the blessings of love and life.
Receive and know the
victory God has won for you in the resurrection of Jesus the Christ. No death
can hold him … or you. No sorrow is so deep that he cannot find you and break its
You are the one for whom
he has won the victory. For you, alone. Even if there were no others in the
world. So lift up your gates. You are the reason.