From Our Monthly Newsletter
Once a month we send out a newsletter with updates and messages from our congregation. Here is this months message from our Rector:
For the Journey . . . .
"Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!" (Psalm 46:10)
As summer approaches and more Covid restrictions are being lifted, I am sure many of you are finding that life is started to pick up again. Yet when more is placed on our plates life becomes more complex, we see more challenges facing us. Sometimes we feel in this fast-paced world that the problems we confront are beyond our control. At times, I feel like I am simply one step behind, and do not have the time to catch up to all I believe God has called me to do. Maybe you feel the same way.
We might have a natural tendency to rush through life. Yet, God wants us to know that there are times to slow down and simply trust in him. In Psalm 46, God tells us to "be still," this word means more than simply slowing down. The term used here means to "abate, cease, be faint, let alone;" this is the same word that Jesus used in the Gospel of Mark when he told the storm to be still. When we are still, we can allow God to bring a great calm to our lives.
"And he awoke and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, 'Peace! Be still!' And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm. He said to them, "Why are you so afraid? Have you still no faith?" (Mark 4:39-40)
In this fast-paced world, sometimes our life feels like a storm. We are always in a hurry with long lists of things that we must get done. it often feels that we move from one crisis to another. When I think of being still, I imagine doing nothing, but to be still is an action. It takes work to be still and put our trust in God, our creator. It is when we are still that we can hear God speak to us. The most spiritual growth takes place in the quiet. We need to take time to be still in the presence of our Lord. Time to be be silent and alone before him so we can honestly know him. God wants us to slow down and experience the deep stillness that he can bring those who love and trust in him.
A little help for our journeys,