A Deep Stillness

Friday, September 26

9-26By Diane Sosebee of Evergreen, Alabama, USA

I lift up my eyes to the hills—from where will my help come? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.

—Psalm 121:1–2 NRSV

Early morning is my favorite time for meditation, Bible reading, and devotions. A desk sits in front of a window with a view of my small backyard and garden. Each morning I sit in silence and listen for God to say, “Be still and know that I am God.”

One morning, I became aware of a deeper stillness and silence. No birds at the feeders, no hummingbirds hovering, no butterflies fluttering. Not even a leaf moved in a breeze. I looked to the hills and felt close to God, who created them.

I recognized the sacredness of that moment, when everything was silent before God. How many times a day do I miss sacred moments because I can’t be still; because I don’t listen? It was a humbling experience of seeing creation in stillness before the Creator, and hearing God in the silence.

Prayer for Peace Creator God, only you can speak so meaningfully without words—so forcefully without stirring the atoms. Only you can call to us from the hills by filling our eyes with the wonders of your creation. May we respond to your peaceful offerings by sharing the peace with others.

Spiritual Practice: Caring for God’s Sacred Creation Choose a way to notice, give thanks, and care for God’s sacred creation. Prayerfully consider one of the following practices or create your own. Walk in nature with a spirit of gratitude. Look and listen for God in all creation. Write or pray a psalm of praise for the Earth’s beauty or offer a prayer of healing and blessing for its wounds.

Learn about and engage in an act of Earth-keeping such as recycling, simple living, or fasting from over-consumption of resources. Notice the diversity of the planet’s creatures and be gentle to plants, animals, trees, and people! Fall in love with the vast, intricate wonder of God’s creation and give thanks.

Peace Covenant Today, God, I will find you in the deep stillness.

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  1. Diane Akers

     /  26 September 2014

    Such a meaningful testimony! I too love the stillness of a new day and the wonderful ways the Lord speaks to me!

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