Saturday, September 22, 2018
‘You are the light of the world. A city built on a hill cannot be hidden. No one after lighting a lamp puts it under the bushel basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.
Let it shine
There is a light in each of us that never goes out.
But the light, so often, gets buried beneath details of the daily. We lose track of it, confused and distracted by our long-held ideas and images about who we are … or should be … or what others expect of us.
Our frustrations and angers also close our conscious minds from awareness of the Eternal Flame of Love that burns silently within.
We forget and lose awareness of our central truth: We are that light, each of us an enduring flame, steady and sure, however hidden the light may become in the whirlwind of living. It is always there.
This enduring flame is God’s presence, divine light within us, our true self.
Moments comes, with laughter and tears, when we become aware of this all-embracing, ever-enduring Love living in and passing through us.
Nature brings such awareness, the sun through autumn trees, light on the water. Meditation does, too, sinking into the silence of your heart and feeling Love rising from within and realizing this mysterious Love is both within and surrounding you … and everything, holding all that is.
God is never separate from us, not ever.
The Loving Mystery is right here, the Eternal Flame of Love that warms us through when our minds sink into our hearts to discover the Love we truly want and need is always there, within.
The flame burns, growing brighter, stronger, more pure and clear with each expression of joy and love … given and received.
So be who you are today. Let the light, the Love within, shine from your eyes and heart … and illumine the world.
Pr. David L. Miller
Wednesday, September 19, 2018
By contrast, the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against such things. And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.
The place of knowing
Peace and goodness, joy and love come from within, from the living Spirit who is our inmost nature. There is nothing outside ourselves that can quell the anger or restlessness that agitates and sets us on edge.
We must descend into the depth of our souls, delving beneath the surface noise of stress and ego to find within a quiet center, a place of knowing such Love as no external source, success, respect or victory can give.
For there lives the Spirit within. This is our birthright, a gift given in our very creation. Our minds descending into the depth of our soul, we arrive at a place where Love lives, where Spirit breathes, where burns the flame of deepest hope for union with the Loving Source of all Life
The stresses and promises of life distract, busy our minds with all that doesn’t satisfy, keeping us on the surface of things. Little time is left to grow quiet and attend to the Spirit who dwells at the depth of our spirits. What is leftover we often fill with electronic noise from one device or another.
When all the while the Holy One waits within for us to come home, and know what our hearts most need to know, the Love God is … this Love who is our deepest nature.
Descending into our hearts and finding Love there we come home. Resting there for but a moment, all the goodness of the Spirit of Life flows through our souls with joy—patience, kindness, gentleness, peace.
And we know … with immense gratitude: This is who I am and everything I want to be.
Thank you. Just thank you. That prayer is enough.
Pr. David L. Miller