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A Simple Invitation

When was the last time you took some time off to be silent or still or alone? It's kind of a tough thing to do, especially in our productivity oriented world where we are constantly asking each other, "What did you do today?" as if what we do defines who we are. So being still and silent by ourselves can often feel like it's a waste of time. But is it? What if we actually embraced rest, silence, stillness, and solitude? What gift is actually waiting to be received by us, if we would simply come and quiet ourselves and listen?

Consider the following poem and image to be a simple invitation to come, be silent, be still, and be alone and listen for the voice of the One who created you.

Questions to reflect on:

  • What word, phrase, or image caught your attention? What about it resonates with you?

  • When was the last time you were silent, still, or alone? What typically "comes up" in you when you are still, silent, or alone? What might that be showing you?

  • What prevents or makes you feel uncomfortable about being silent, still, or alone?

  • Ask God, "What are you wanting to share with me in this time alone with you?" Be sure to journal what you hear.

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