A series of biblical reflections and prayers from David L. Miller, pastor of faith formation at 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.
my voice and my supplications. Because he inclined his ear to me, therefore I will call on him as long as I
I call to you today, O Lord, for I know that you hear
me. Even more, I know that you cherish this life and that nothing in me is to
be held back. You want to hear it all as if you didn’t already know the inner
voice of my soul even before I utter a word.
Speak each thought and word, you say, each emotion, frustration
and joy, inviting me to come close to you with that smile that tells of your
And for reasons I will never understand, seeing,
feeling your divine smile evaporates whatever weighs heavily on my heart. Tangled
knots of emotion release their grip. The heart, suddenly free, floats … lighter,
higher, joined as one in that smile of Love you are.
It is a great mystery to me how this happens, as are
But in that moment … in this very moment … I know I am
heard. I know I am welcome. I know I am cherished. I know that my existence and
well-being is important even in this world that grows more impersonal every
I know as the heart knows, so I call on you. For you
are the Love who hears me.