You, Holy Spirit, are a whisper. A frequency
so humble that our city noise would drown You out but for desperately longing hearts.
When we’re anxious to hear God, when we’re frustrated at how little His voice manages to drift through our crowded minds, when we’re unconvinced by His promise for closeness, we can be still——God is gentle – far more than we are. His agenda is always accompanied by His presence because, in all things, he longs more to be known than to simply aid——Silence is a room that we can build within us, through consistent practice, to house our face-to-faceness with God. If we’re always expecting to find Him in the ecstatic, the loud and the kinetic, we may spend our entire lives enjoying only a small aspect of the way He speaks——To hear God daily is to listen each day. To stop, to wait and to give attention to the very small voice that rises up in His timing——So may God finetune our ears to the still, kind voice that never stops singing love over us. (Strahan Coleman)
O Lord, my heart is not lifted up;
my eyes are not raised too high;
I do not occupy myself with things
too great and too marvelous for me.
But I have calmed and quieted my soul,
like a weaned child with its mother;
like a weaned child is my soul within me.
O Israel, hope in the Lord
from this time forth and forevermore.
- Take a few minutes to reflect on this reflection and psalm.
- Then take time to respond in prayer .
Practice for the end of the day:
A breathing exercise for embracing stillness:
1. Find a quiet place and quiet yourself. Don’t turn on music. Let the silence carry weight, let it make your still. Take deep breaths in and out.
2. Open your palms and turn them upward, as if you were offering someone something from your hands.
3. As you breathe out, release the stress and pressure of this present moment. Allow God to take it from you. You may feel an emotional release or lifting of pressure.
4. As you breathe in, receive anew the peace of God, the healing balm of his presence. Let it wash over you.
Stay in this place of peace as long as you need to, and repeat the breathing as much as you’d like.