Be Still and Know

I am no expert on meditation nor am I a contemplative.  However, I think deeply about the place God occupies in my life and the implications that has for me as seeker, doubter, and finder.  This afternoon, I was troubled by news of a former high school classmate’s serious health condition.  We had been together for the first time in decades during a reunion last month.  Today brought news of two, sudden heart attacks in 24 hours.  Open heart surgery has, by now been completed, I pray, successfully.

On this same afternoon I read a Facebook post written by one of the dearest, most loving men I know about the utter physical fatigue he now feels as he cares for his Wife of forever in her final days with him.  This is a time for prayer.  For me, it is also a time to remember God in God’s most majestic and mysterious.  I opened myself to God through a favorite passage that I use to meditate, Psalm 46:10:

“Be still and know that I am God”

It is familiar and new every time I consider it in meditation.  Familiar, is the way I recite it.

Be still and know that I am God.

Be still and know that I am.

Be still and know.

Be still.

Be.

New, this afternoon, was direction.  I allowed these phrases to take me ever more inward to the place that was the authentic me.  With each pause for reflection, and “hearing,” I was being invited by God’s assuring voice to embrace all that God created me to BE.  Here, I am released from external expectations and stripped of the masks I so comfortably wear.  Here, I am encouraged to be one among many who can love these friends of mine who are suffering.

My meditation doesn’t end with the single word, “be,” however.  Rather it ascends, phrase by phrase, ultimately to the fullness of who I am with God.

Be.

Be Still.

Be still and know.

Be still and know that I am.

Be still and know that I am God.

I share this because I love my friends, both those whom I have known and others whom I will meet.  I love you.  So does God.

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