Life Is More Than Taking Breath

I have a “sense of the academic” that leads to Mother Teresa.

One of my best teachers is Doug Meeks. Doug was my Doctor of Minister professor at Eden Theological Seminary in the 80’s. For you wise-people-chirpers that’s 1980’s and not 1880’s!

The Mother Teresa quote comes up with two prefacing terms, each of which Doug gave significant depth:

Image and righteousness.

Stick with me and then re-read the Mother Teresa quote, please, if you will.

In Genesis it says we are made “in God’s image.” Doug made it clear and I adopt same: to be made in God’s image means we are “to represent God”.

Righteousness is often seen as synonym for arrogance or self-righteous.

Nope. Righteousness, again from Doug Meeks, means “the power to life.”

Both those merge, are conjoined in what Mother Teresa offers about the manner by which we live.

Now. I won’t share this with my doctors this morning. But, I will hope, no matter next step with heart blockages, I’ll give a prayer of thanks to Doug Meeks…and to God. And beckon with hope, I have the energy to not amputate the Gospel [that comes from Bill Coffin!].

For life in this day…for you and me…is more than taking breath. Much more.

About Mark H Miller

Diane and I live in Leander, Texas. This past June 17, 2015 I celebrated the 49th anniversary of my ordination. We returned to Texas after three years in Washington, during which I served as interim minister in Bellevue/Eastgate and Mercer Island. Am planning to begin a 5th novel that will have my protagonist, Tricia Gleason, serve a year in licensed ministry in Snoqualmie, Washington. The novel, "The Lemon Drop Didn't Melt," will find Tricia wrestling with ministry challenges. None of which more daunting than someone wanting her breathing to stop. All the published novels are available on Amazon and Amazon Kindle under Mark Henry Miller. A primary goal in our return to Texas is to make sure grandchildren get lots of attention--here and in Chicago and Washington, D.C. Traveling is definitely an activity that will not slow down. With that, of course, fishing will happen. To that the t-shirt is apt, "I fish; therefore I am." In addition to novels, the book of Blogs, "Voice Of My Heart," is also available on Amazon.
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1 Response to Life Is More Than Taking Breath

  1. revpattyb says:

    Love the quote! Blessings and peace for the journey of today!

    Patty

    On January 31, 2020 6:53:51 AM “Mark H. Miller’s Blog”

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