Thursday, April 3, 2014

In the stillness You are there

They cast their crowns before the throne and say, “You are worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power, for You created all things and by Your will they exist and were created.” Revelation 4:11

And, having become man, he humbled himself by living a life of utter obedience, even to the extent of dying, and the death he died was the death of a common criminal. That is why God has now lifted him so high, and has given him the name beyond all names, so that at the name of Jesus every knee shall bow, whether in Heaven or earth or under the earth. And that is why, in the end, every tongue shall confess that Jesus Christ is the Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Work out the salvation that God has given you with a proper sense of awe and responsibility. For it is God who is at work within you, giving you the will and the power to achieve His purpose. Do all you have to do without grumbling or arguing, so that you may be God’s children, blameless, sincere and wholesome, living in a warped and diseased world, and shining there like lights in a dark place. For you hold in your hands the very word of life. Philippians 2:10-15

Sometimes it’s good to sit quietly. There is great comfort in sitting quietly. With wise-eyed people who have fought the good fight. Every afternoon I make a pilgrimage over to the office of Jack and MaryAnne, scooping up little Pippen on my way, lean up against the file cabinets and sit. Sometimes MaryAnne is ironing which a nice warm comforting smell. Or to sit with Scott and Jenny at The Blue Willow with hot tea and blackberry pie. Quietly. In the very much quietness of being the very last table still sitting after closing. Or to sit in the quiet of nothing but Alan’s birds chortling next to the St. Francis fountain and reread Mr. Paul-in-prison’s letter. Full of joy and contentment all the way through, in a dark place.

For God alone my soul in silence waits; truly, my hope is in Him.  Psalm 62:6

Sometimes there is nothing to say. Which is a good thing.

My hope is in Him. Who created all things and who is at work within me, giving me the will and strength to achieve His purpose.