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SPIRITUAL PRACTICES IN SILENCE AND SOLITUDE

Each of us has much room to grow in the disciplines of silence and solitude. Below are a few suggested practices that might help you engage in more meaningful and regular rhythms in these means of grace. Blessings to you!

  • Set aside ten minutes each day for silence. Breathe deeply and become aware of God’s presence. Afterwards, journal about your experience.
  • Designate a “sacred space” in your home where you can retreat into silence and solitude.
  • Drive to work without talking on your phone or turning on the radio.
  • Spend an entire day without the use of technology (i.e. computer, iPhone, iPad).

BE STILL MY SOUL : A HYMN

If you’ve never engaged in the spiritual practice of allowing the lyrics of a hymn to become a prayer, we invite you to do so! Sit quietly and prayerfully with this beautiful hymn/poem, and let it begin to shape a prayer within. May these lovely words of Katharina vonSchlegel encourage you towards deeper silence and rest. And may you find yourself with a renewed faith and trust in the Triune God.

“Be still, my soul: the Lord is on thy side.
Bear patiently the cross of grief or pain.
Leave to thy God to order and provide;
In every change, He faithful will remain.
Be still, my soul: thy best, thy heavenly Friend
Through thorny ways leads to a joyful end.

Be still, my soul: thy God doth undertake
To guide the future, as He has the past.
Thy hope, thy confidence let nothing shake;
All now mysterious shall be bright at last.
Be still, my soul: the waves and winds still know
His voice Who ruled them while He dwelt below.

Be still, my soul: when dearest friends depart,
And all is darkened in the vale of tears,
Then shalt thou better know His love, His heart,
Who comes to soothe thy sorrow and thy fears.
Be still, my soul: thy Jesus can repay
From His own fullness all He takes away.

Be still, my soul: the hour is hastening on
When we shall be forever with the Lord.
When disappointment, grief and fear are gone,
Sorrow forgot, love’s purest joys restored.
Be still, my soul: when change and tears are past
All safe and blessèd we shall meet at last.

Be still, my soul: begin the song of praise
On earth, believing, to Thy Lord on high;
Acknowledge Him in all thy words and ways,
So shall He view thee with a well pleased eye.
Be still, my soul: the Sun of life divine
Through passing clouds shall but more brightly shine.”

RESOLUTION: BE STILL. BE SILENT

Monday, January 14, 2013.

How are you doing with your 2013 resolutions?

It is certainly important that we resolve to be more organized, more healthy, more kind, and more generous (and we hope that you’re able to pattern your life towards these goals!). But it seems even more important to resolve to be silent and be still. For it is in the silent and quiet moments where we become most fully alive, aware again of our true selves. 

So, on this Monday, would you resolve to take 10 minutes of silence to listen to the voice of the Holy One speaking His affirming words of love to you? May you do so! And in the spacious silence, may you find again your truest self. 

Blessings to you!

THE WONDER OF THE PRESENT

Stillness and silence are rare in a world of clamoring noise and distraction. 

Enter in and be quiet. 

Be still.

Inhale. 

Exhale. 

Experience the wonder of the present. God is here.