Presence within

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 (ESV)

“What deadens us most to God’s presence within us, I think, is the inner dialogue that we are continuously engaged in with ourselves, the endless chatter of human thought. I suspect that there is nothing more crucial to true spiritual comfort . . .  than being able from time to time to stop that chatter including the chatter of spoken prayer. If we choose to seek the silence of the holy place, or to open ourselves to its seeking, I think there is not surer way than by keeping silent.

God knows I am no good at it, but I keep trying, and once or twice I have been lucky, graced. I have been conscious but not conscious of anything, not even of myself. I have been surrounded by the whiteness of snow. I have heard a stillness that encloses all colors stilled, the way wordlessness encloses all words stilled. I have sensed the presence of a presence. I have felt a promise promised.

I like to believe that once or twice, at times like those, I have bumbled my way into at least the outmost suburbs of the Truth that can never be told but only come upon, that can never be proved but only lived for and loved.” ~From Telling Secrets by Frederick Buechner

Almighty God, awaken me this day to be aware of Your presence alive in me. Quiet the world’s noise so that I may hear what You have to say to me. Help me to live seek Your love amidst the chaos. May I sense Your presence in all I do this day. Amen.

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