Friday, July 24, 2015

A few more steps forward on the long and winding road.

You, O LORD, shall give strength to Your people; the LORD shall give His people the blessing of peace. Psalm 29:11

Happy are the people whose strength is in You! whose hearts are set on the pilgrim’s way.
Psalm 84:4

Contemplative reading of the Holy Scriptures and silent time in the presence of God belong closely together. The word of God draws us into silence; silence makes us attentive to God's word. The word of God penetrates through the thick of human verbosity to the silent center of our heart; silence opens in us the space where the word can be heard.  Without reading the word, silence becomes stale, and without silence, the word loses its recreative power. Silence is the deepest response to the word.
Henri Nouwen, Reaching Out

So sometimes it is about silence. Another walk under the swaying eucalyptus trees and soaring hawks and past the still damp creosote bushes. 

Breathe deeply.

Silence.

Peace.

Set and not shaken. 

So be it LORD God Almighty.