“Peace! Be still!”
Yesterday, my pastor encouraged our congregation to practice the discipline of simply “being still.” This may sound easy enough, however, for most of us, not so much when we actually try to do it. For many of us, silence is such a rare occurrence that we don’t know what to do with it once we have it. For many, we can’t even achieve silence without some practice. Our minds begin to race with all the things we should be doing instead of just sitting and “doing nothing.”
I was that way once. And it took me months to train my mind to be still in the presence of the Almighty. However, now that I have learned that invaluable exercise, I will never go back. The peace that comes with a still mind is amazing friends. So just try it for a few days with me. And I look forward to hearing the stories of how your life is transformed by the process.
Try to be still and just listen today. Turn off the radio and tv. Close your doors (as much as possible.) Do whatever you can to exist in the silence. You may find it uncomfortable at first. If you need something to help calm your mind, try repeating this prayer as often as you need: “Peace, Be Still.” The word of our Lord is powerful and can take us to places that our souls desperately need.
If you can spare around 20 minutes, consider trying the Lectio Divina exercise with the scripture below. Meditate on those words slowly throughout the day and allow God to speak to you.
Song for the day: “Be Still My Soul”
Lectio Divina Passage for Today:
“A great windstorm arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that the boat was already being swamped. But he was in the stern, asleep on the cushion; and they woke him up and said to him, “Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?” He woke up and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace! Be still!” Then the wind ceased, and there was a dead calm. He said to them, “Why are you afraid? Have you still no faith?” And they were filled with great awe and said to one another, “Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?”