The Blessing of Being Still

God cares for the pelicans

This morning my mind is beset by the turmoil of this world. At every level anger, greed, lying, and pride inflict our country. National trust is eroded by the leaders who should preserve and cherish it, and even religious leaders trade truth and justice for political gain. On top of this no one knows how much we have been manipulated by our enemies using social media to push lies and distrust. Our anxiety surges with each news flash. Into this cacophony we are given words to meditate upon:

“Be still, and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth.”
The Lord Almighty is with us;
the God of Jacob is our fortress. Psalm 46:10-11

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7

The stillness and peace we long for doesn’t come with one reading of these verses. It takes time before God with thanksgiving, until finally you can say:

I have stilled and quieted my soul; Psalm 131:2

On Being Still

Olympic National Park, rain forest

Olympic National Park, rain forest


I have stilled and quieted my soul (Psalm 131:2)

Oh, to have my soul still and quiet.
I cannot do this of myself.
I need someone stronger than my fears.
I need someone to take away my gnawing guilt.
Someone to forgive and remove my regret,
To quiet my shame.
Someone to quell the ugliness I have seen,
Someone who will lead me by quiet waters,
To restore my soul in innocence.
I need the Good Shepherd, the Prince of Peace,
To still and quiet my soul.

Peace and Quiet

PeaceI have stilled and quieted my soul  (Psalm 131:2)

I cannot do this alone.

I need someone stronger than my fears.

I need someone to take away my gnawing guilt.

I need someone to forgive and remove my regret,

To quiet my shame.

Someone to quell the ugliness I have seen.

Some one who will lead me by quiet waters,

To restore my soul to innocence.

I need the Good Shepherd, the Prince of Peace.