The awareness of God’s presence involves stillness. To be still is to seek a serenity, a calm, a tranquility of being separated from commotion or agitation. Often it can happen when we are attuned to nature. How often we are caught into stillness by a sunset, a beautiful moonlit night, or a walk among trees. We become aware of a greatness beyond us. In these moments of stillness we touch into our inner selves and open ourselves to God’s presence within and without. We exchange our usual business, noise and activity for a receptive silence and quiet.
I will bless you as long as I live; in your name I will lift up my hands.
I will review the times for stillness in my day. Where can I make this happen realistically?
Be still and know that I am God.
Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed.
In the business of this day
Grant me a stillness of seeing, O God.
In the conflicting voices of my heart
Grant me a calmness of hearing,
Let…my words and my actions
Be rooted in a silent certainty of your presence.
Let my passions or life…
Be grounded in the experience of your stillness.
Nothing in all creation is so like God as stillness.
Peace does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble or hard work. It means to be in the midst of those things and still be calm in your heart.
Let us be silent, that we may hear the whisper of God.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Love alone is what shows you the face of God. It’s what offers you a home in the universe. It’s what makes the stars shine.
Belden C. Lane
Stillness is the altar of the spirit.
Be still. Stillness reveals the secrets of eternity.