AN INVITATION FROM JESUS – COME PRAY IN SIMPLE SILENCE
Then, because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat, he said to them, “Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.”Mark 6:31
THE WORLD IS NOISY
The headlines shouted across the glaring screen, and my heart dropped lower than I thought it could go. It seemed that for a moment I felt the weight and the sadness of the world crashing upon me. How could I find any quiet rest with such chaos gripping my soul? Where was the quiet place for prayer?
As I paused so briefly, in the next moment I heard a whisper, stronger than the weight, deeper than the sadness:
Then, because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat, he said to them, ‘Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest. Mark 6:31
Are you also feeling those anxious mind-racing thoughts that threaten to pull your heart down? Our Lord Jesus has called us to lay the weight down and find His quiet rest.
When the world is reeling under constant change and chaos, there is another voice, another way. Our Lord Jesus has called us to lay down the loud shouting, and to find His quiet rest.
HE is the true rest our souls are craving.
SIMPLE SILENCE: PAUSE IN OUR RUSHING
Into the rushing He calls us to slow, to listen to our breathing, to center our thoughts on Him. We don’t have to wait until the noises in our minds stop. No, we can pause in the very middle of the shouting, and instead lift our thoughts to Jesus. “Jesus, my Savior, have mercy on me.” Quietly, one syllable at a time, He invites us to gently focus our hearts on Him.
And when we wander back to the worries and the anxieties—what then? He invites us again, and again, and again. There are different names for this spiritual discipline of quiet prayer: Centering Prayer, Silent Prayer, Breath Prayer. But each practice is an invitation to center our thoughts and our hearts on Jesus. And He will meet us in that place of quiet rest, this simple silence.
Will you join me at the Chronic Joy website today? We are pausing there with our prayers, and with Questions for Reflections to lift our heart into places of simple silence with the Lord. Click here to join me there.
And when you return here, I would be so blessed to share with you this poem in response to the Poetry Prompt last week at Chronic Joy. The Lord stirred my heart with these words as I prayed for my husband. He is recovering from his heart valve replacement surgery while resting at our son’s house until he is able to drive. And I am resting at our home, where our daughter has stopped in to help with my care also. We have been given such tender care by our Savior.
HIS own life blood, shed for us, has become the life pulsing within our veins now.
Spring's Bloodroot flowers
WHITE AS SNOW
But sap flowing within
The heart of me washed
WHITE AS SNOW
By mercy flowing from Christ
Valves repaired flowing free
WHITE AS SNOW
With newness patched in ...
"The Life of the body is in its blood." Leviticus 17:11 NLT
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