Quiet

21 Apr

Good morning,

I like being older.  I think there is a real gift in living to the point where you know what is important and what is not.  I am less likely to get upset about stuff that use to upset me.  There is a quietness that comes from journeying with the Divine Presence.

I have met people are who anxious in their prayers.  Actually, I think they are just really worrying and part of their routine is to ‘talk to God about it.’  My experience of these people is they are not really surrendering their concerns to God and they are not really waiting on God’s leading, they are just trying to turn their worry into a religious activity.  It is an external attempt to create an inward reality, but I think it fails.

The text says to go in quiet and secret, between you and God, and ‘have a talk about it.’

Monday:  Prayer and solitude                  Matthew 6:5-6

“And whenever you pray, do not be like the hypocrites; for they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, so that they may be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward. But whenever you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you.

Luke 5:16  16 But he would withdraw to deserted places and pray

The text for today is a beautiful psalm

On Saturday I went on a motorcycle ride in memory of a young man who was killed by a drunk driver.  Now, I didn’t actually ride a motorcycle, but I did ride in a mustang convertible.  It was really cool.  The day was absolutely beautiful.  The sun was shinning, not to hot, trees and flower were in blossom and everything was so green.  Psalm 8 came to mind.

Tuesday:  The insights of solitude Psalm 8

O Lord, our Sovereign,
how majestic is your name in all the earth!

You have set your glory above the heavens.
    Out of the mouths of babes and infants
you have founded a bulwark because of your foes,
to silence the enemy and the avenger.

When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers,
the moon and the stars that you have established;
what are human beings that you are mindful of them,
mortals that you care for them?

Yet you have made them a little lower than God,
and crowned them with glory and honor.
You have given them dominion over the works of your hands;
you have put all things under their feet,
all sheep and oxen,
and also the beasts of the field,
the birds of the air, and the fish of the sea,
whatever passes along the paths of the seas.

O Lord, our Sovereign,
how majestic is your name in all the earth!

I hope in these beautiful day of Spring you find a quiet time was mindfully walk through the wondrous creation that has been given to the children of God.   Peace

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