Monday, April 25, 2016

Monday, April 25, 2016

John 14:23, 27

Jesus answered him, ‘Those who love me will keep my word, and my Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them. … Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives.’

What truly is

Christian faith is inherently mystical. There is an indwelling presence we can know and be aware of as we walk through our days. 

This is the Presence of the One who dwells in the inmost soul, and in some sense is that soul, for we are the human, physical manifestation of the Great Soul of the One who is Love.

Our prayer and worship, our times of sharing our lives together help awaken awareness of what is true in every moment. We are never separate from the Holy One, who dwells in our utmost interior.

We ‘keep the word,’ living in relationship with Christ and those who seek and love him that we may enter and dwell in the truth of ourselves and of God.

Dwelling there, we know there is One we cannot fathom who has chosen, in utter love and gift, to dwell within us, to make the divine home in us. Knowing … a knowing that is awareness of Love’s dwelling within, we experience the peace the world cannot give.

We know we are not alone … and never will be, for we live in this Love and this Love lives in us.

Our despair and sadness come when the struggles of living, the disappointments of our lives, pull us from the awareness of what truly is. Those times come.

But just when it seems our true nature and the Presence of Love abiding feel lost forever, just when joy and hope are disappearing, just then another soul in whom Love dwells speaks a word, takes our hand, becomes the voice, the friend and companion who awakens our hearts once more to the Love who abides.

And again we know, we abide in a Love who never ceases to find ways to restore us to what truly is … and always will be.

Pr. David L. Miller

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