Joy in stillness
In the Word
Be still and know that I am God. Psalm 46:10a
Of the Word
Quiet. Ah, peace and quiet! Is your quiet time early in the morning when the sun is rising? Is it late at night after everyone else has gone to bed? Do you have your quiet time during solitary walks or drives?
American lives are often so cluttered by commitments that no time is reserved for quiet. Worse yet, quiet time — sitting, reading, meditating — seems to bring on a guilty feeling. “Oh, I should get up and do something!”
God reminds us, Be still, and know that I am God (Psalm 46:10a). He invites us, Come to me … and I will give you rest (Matthew 11:28). Accepting God’s offer is sometimes hard. But God gave us the example; at the very beginning of time, He completed His work of creating and rested on the seventh day. He wanted His people to know that resting times, quiet times, are important, too.
Walking with my Lord
Dear Lord, in my busy schedule I often find too little time for You. Calm me and give me Your peace so that during quiet times I can grow closer to You. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Mustard Seed: Living in Joy. Authors: Dcs. Betty Knapp, Irene Mensing, Myrna Lou Meyer, Margaret White. 26/30 ©2005 Lutheran Women’s Missionary League, 801 Seminary Place Ste. L010, St. Louis, MO 63105. www.lwml.org
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