“Be still and know that I am God.”

Psalm 46:10

Wednesday, 30 June 2021

Psalm 46:10

 

Sometimes everything seems too much. We are overwhelmed by the concerns that we are carrying. Perhaps it feels like that for us at the moment, as we deal with so much suffering and uncertainty.  We may not even be able to put words to what we are feeling when we cannot humanly make sense of what is going on. When things feel chaotic and we feel helpless in the face of it, we may need to pause and hear these words of invitation: “Be still and know that I am God.”

 We pause in the eye of the storm. We become still. We remember who God is. The one who holds us and anchors us. The one who holds all of creation. We become aware of God’s presence. In stillness, we allow God’s presence to soak into us, to strengthen and console us.

 Perhaps today, take a moment to take up that invitation. Find a quiet place even for ten minutes and allow yourself to be in the awareness of God’s presence.

There is a beautiful prayer by Edwina Gateley called “Let your God love you” that may help you step into that stillness and knowing.

LET YOUR GOD LOVE YOU

Be silent, Be still. Alone. Empty Before your God. Say nothing. Ask Nothing. Be silent. Be still. Let your God Look upon you. That is all. God knows. God understands. God loves you With an enormous love, and only wants to look upon you With that love. Quiet. Still. Be.

Edwina Gateley

 
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Dr Annemarie Paulin-Campbell

Dr Annemarie Paulin-Campbell has worked in the area of Ignatian Spirituality for 19 years and heads up the work of the Jesuit Institute School of Spirituality. Her primary focus is the training and supervision of spiritual directors and the giving of retreats. She is also a registered Psychologist and her PhD focused on the interface between Christian Spirituality and Psychology. Annemarie is an editorial advisor to “The Way” journal of Spirituality and has authored a number of articles relating to the training of Spiritual Directors in an African context. She has contributed to several books, most recently co-authoring a book of Lenten Reflections: “Long Journey to the Resurrection”. She has contributed to international conferences and consultations in Spirituality in the United Kingdom; the United States; Rome; Spain, Ethiopia, Kenya and Zimbabwe.

a.paulin-campbell@jesuitinstitute.org.za @annemariepc_c
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