Friday, October 04, 2019

The peace of knowing

The seventy returned with joy, saying, ‘Lord, in your name even the demons submit to us!’ He said to them, ‘I watched Satan fall from heaven like a flash of lightning. See, I have given you authority to tread on snakes and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy; and nothing will hurt you. Nevertheless, do not rejoice at this, that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.’ (Luke 10:17-20)

The peace of knowing

It is better to know you are known by God, cherished in the divine heart, than to have power, even power over evil.

Freedom and peace flow through the soul when we know our lives—my little life, with all its uncertainties, false steps, conflicted motives, confusion and anxiety—are written on the heart of God.

To know you are known by the One who is Love evaporates every fear of what the future holds.

This knowledge is of the heart, not the mind. It is the experience of being loved, as one is, without merit, by a transcendent Presence who fills you for the sheer joy of doing so, and then takes joy in your joy.

The delight of God is to fill us with the Love God is, again and again, so that we know all will be well and in all manner of circumstances.

A single moment of such awareness frees the heart from its burdens and fills us with peace. Our burdens do not go away, but suddenly they are all manageable because we are filled with the Love who will see us through, the Love who knows us and knows our need.

The power that frees, the power that strikes down the demons that wound our bodies, harrow our hearts and furrow our brows is the Love of the One who is Love.

This One, the Incomprehensible Mystery, knows … you.

Let this awareness fill you. Speak the words, your mantra, “I am known, I am known,” until God’s joy fills you with the peace …of knowing.

Pr. David L. Miller