It Is Enough

Wednesday, October 1

10-1By Deb Crowley of Charlotte, Michigan, USA

The effect of righteousness will be peace, and the result of righteousness, quietness and trust forever. My people will abide in a peaceful habitation, in secure dwellings, and in quiet resting places.

—Isaiah 32:17–18 NRSV

A steady monotone chorus of cicadas filled the air and disturbed the idyllic peace at the campground. They drowned out the intermittent croak of frogs basking on lily pads in the pond. They rudely interrupted the light banter of chirping crickets. The noise disrupted the expected solitude as I sought quiet communion with God.

Yet, as my thoughts began to center, the chaotic hum receded into the background. The still, small voice of God, the peace of the Holy Spirit, and the companionship of Jesus became real and present. They flooded my soul with peace.

How like life! Our hectic schedules and a cacophony of voices demand attention. They threaten to engulf our full selves and become the focus of our attention. At these times it is difficult to center oneself and build deep connections with God and others. Yet, as we hone in on that holy Presence through scripture, song, prayer, silence…all else becomes background noise. God fills the spaces, bringing comfort, renewal, and peace.

The cicadas still sing. The world around us continues swirling in chaotic dissonance, but just for a moment, God breaks through, restoring peace and harmony.

It is enough.

Prayer for Peace Listening God, we know you hear us, though sometimes it is hard for us to hear you. Help us go deeper into silence, where we can find you. Rest our keen ears that we might not hear the noise nearby—that we may hear your voice within. Your peace is enough for us.

Spiritual Practice: Voices of God What is the voice of God saying to us? Do we hear the whispers of God’s longing for shalom; God’s dream of beauty and wholeness for all creation? Do we hear the “voice” of God calling to us in faces and eyes, in the sounds of suffering and joy, in scripture and sacred word, in tears and laughter, in silence and noise? Spend a few moments reflecting on when and how God’s voice speaks to you. When did you first feel called to join God in the pursuit of peace and justice? How does that call to shalom continue to come to you through the many “voices” of God?

Peace Covenant Today, God, I will listen deeply.

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2 Comments

  1. Diane Akers

     /  1 October 2014

    Thanks for sharing——-so very true in our world of many sounds——–yet God will will quiet our souls for peace.

  2. Janne

     /  1 October 2014

    Thank you, Deb, for this beautiful reminder to make openings in our days for God’s in-breaking peace.

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