Mystery is a word little used in Lutheran circles, although it has a rich history in Christian spirituality. It does not refer to a puzzle to be solved.
It points to that which is undeniably real, but which cannot be explained or reduced to words, something known without knowing, seen without seeing; something the mind cannot grasp, but which reveals itself in the midst of experience. All words and concepts are inadequate for mystery. We can only describe the moments of awareness that reveal its wonder and beauty.
Mystery captures the experience of being filled with the fullness of God, knowing the Love which surpasses knowledge overflowing the soul like a pitcher into which God continues to pour the living water of the love of Christ (Ephesians 3:18-19).
This message is excerpted from “Mystery in the moonlight” by David L. Miller in the August 2015 Gather magazine.
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