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Be Still and Know

Updated: Oct 5, 2022

“I go among trees and sit still.

All my stirring becomes quiet

around me like circles on water.

My tasks lie in their places

where I left them, asleep like cattle.”


--Wendell Berry

I love this imagery… chances are you can also see it in your mind… a time to relax, feel the breeze, and breathe deeply. But the truth is rarely do we find ourselves near a patch of trees so we trudge on, dismissing the time to sit still. In Jewish tradition a person would take their prayer shawl and place it over their head. This was their way of “shutting out the world” and allowing the True Light to shine and to speak.


So what if today you set your timer for 15 minutes, 5 minutes, or even 3 minutes and shut out the noise, put down your to-do list and simply said, “God, I love you. God, I do not come with a fix-it list. I only come because I love you.” And what if you simply sat still and let come what may?


Would you find a moment to reconnect to what is important? Would you find the direction to help settle the conflict in your schedule or your heart? Would you sense God’s love for you? Would you sense a call to embrace that love?


There’s only one way to find out.


Pastor Jo

October 4, 2022


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