Be Still and Know…

When was the last time you spent a quiet moment just doing nothing – just sitting and looking at the sea, or watching the wind blowing the tree limbs, or waves rippling on a pond, a flickering candle or children playing in the park? Ralph Marston

Meditation: The time “in between the years” is one of my favorite times. Somehow my usual pace of life is slowing down. This year I have done things thus far that I usually don’t have the time to do: I have slept. I have rested. I just sat and did nothing. And then I actually enjoyed myself by playing a computer game. It felt so good not having to anticipate the next thing I have to do. Instead, I have been able to spend quiet moments just doing nothing. What a luxury! I am able to rest my brain. I have thought about people I miss and parts of my life that I usually don’t have leisure to think about. Being quiet, resting and sleeping is the most healing thing I can do. I actually have gotten rid of a persistent cough that I have had for weeks, just by sleeping on Christmas day for six hours during the day followed by two full eight hour nights of sleep. I wonder why I waited until the end of the year to give myself permission to just be and do nothing? I now want to take this experience of this week with me into the New Year and remember weekly or even daily how healing it is to be still.

Prayer: God of healing, thank You for these days of rest. I am grateful for the luxury of being still and for the healing of my body and my soul. I am not feeling rushed. I actually feel rested. I nearly forgot how well I feel when I sleep enough and am not stressed. God, remind me and help me to take time this New Year for being still, for extra rest and for extra sleep. Amen

Be still, and know that I am God. Psalm 46:10