Wednesday, January 26, 2005

Quiet . . . Experiencing the Stillness

Coffee Break or Quiet Break?

Recently I visited a childhood friend who has gone through several stressful, life-shattering changes in the past year. He retired from the pastorate and experienced the sudden death of his young, married daughter. He invited me to join him at their home for coffee and conversation. As we chatted, a CD was softly playing in the background and a mini-waterfall (Home Depot version) was subtly filling the room with the sounds of a “babbling brook”.

The setting was very soothing, very pastoral, and we found ourselves reflecting on the struggles of life and the goodness of God. I was able to relax, breath deeply and enjoy the fellowship of another pilgrim making his way “home”. We asked hard questions. We felt “at home” enough to answer them too.

We, in our advancing years, are both becoming much more reflective and contemplative. And we’re enjoying that change!

How about you? Do you take the opportunity to slow down enough to reflect on where you’ve been, where you’re at and where you’re going? Do it!

“Be still and know that I am God.” (Psalm 46:10)

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