spirituality and silence

Silence and Spirituality

 We need to find God, and he cannot be found in noise and restlessness. God is the friend of silence. See how nature – trees, flowers, grass- grows in silence; see the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence… We need silence to be able to touch souls.
– Saint Teresa of Calcutta

The fruit of Silence is prayer. The fruit of Prayer is faith. The fruit of Faith is love. The fruit of Love is service. The fruit of Service is peace.
-Saint Teresa of Calcutta

Psalm 46: 10 “Cease striving and know that I am God.”

Before you enter into silence,

I think you should know how shook up you probably are

from living in this world.

The moment you get still, you’ll notice debris of doubt and fear floating inside you.

You may panic and want to run back into your busy life,

but I pray you have the courage to be still and know

that all really is well.

And if you stick with the silence long enough,

you’ll get to watch every dark thought sink to the bottom

and transform into solid ground for Pure Light

to shine into your life

and illuminate every fiber of your being.

It’s the best thing that could ever happen to you.

But beware: the more you experience the Truth for yourself,

the more responsible you’ll be for shining it into this dark world.

Reflection
When’s the last time you quieted your mind in prayer and meditation to sense the presence of God in your life? Do you struggle to take time for silence in your life? Do you value it or are you too caught up in busyness to even know what you’re missing?

Prayer
God, please send an outpouring of Your Holy Spirit to bless everyone reading this to get a sense of Your spacious, loving, peaceful presence in their lives. Help them carve out time to connect with Your Still Small Voice in prayer and meditation, so they can truly learn to discern Your guidance for their lives.

Action Step
Before the rush of the day, try to wake up a little early to intentionally spend time with the Lord in silence. With a quick prayer, offer God your day and invite His loving presence into Your life. Whether using scripture or a favorite prayer, continue returning Your thoughts to Your desire to connect with Him. Don’t quit if you struggle with negative thoughts, stick with it and your spiritual connection will grow stronger all the time.

Prayer for America through this election process

“America! America! God shed His grace on thee,
And crown thy good with brotherhood
From sea to shining sea!”
-Katharine Lee Bates, America the Beautiful

Heavenly Father, can you pour some special graces on the America people right now?

We really need Your help with this election.

We all want peace.

We all want justice.

We all want bright futures for our children and grandchildren.

But Lord, You know we cannot seem to agree on the best way to achieve these things.

Please steer us in the right direction! 

Open our eyes to see through the lies and manipulations, so we know who to trust.

Fill us with wisdom and understanding of the big picture, so we are not blinded to Your Will by one particular issue we are concerned about.

Give us the humility to let go of attachment to a particular political party in order to do what’s right for this particular election.

Protect us from being negatively influenced the divisive rhetoric, which creates fear and mistrust in each other.

Help us remember our common humanity, across all bounds of race and religion.

Strip away all of our selfish motives and illusions that prevent us from purely wanting what is best for everyone.

Guide us by the pure light of Your love and truth. 

Show us how to let go and forgive for the past and shift our focus only to what’s best for the future.

Open our hearts and minds to each other, so we can discuss the real issues in respectful ways.

Give us the grace let go of our own limited thinking.

Show us how to work together for the common good.

Give us clarity to know directly from You, who will be best for our country at this time.

Help us to think long term as we vote, and give us the stamina to continue to fight for our deepest convictions, even after this election.

Fill us with courage to stand by our convictions.

And somehow make our nation better, stronger and more united after going through this difficult political season.

What are your prayers for this year’s presidential election? 

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prayer for peace (after yet another shooting)

The Lord gives strength to his people; the Lord blesses his people with peace.
-Psalm 29:11

God, our hearts are breaking.

Another day, another senseless tragedy.

Too many, Too young, Too soon.

An unwelcome reminder of how sick our society has become.

God, You are Perfect Love. We know You did not create us to kill each other.

Please protect us from beginning to see this kind of violence as inevitable.

Give us faith in Your Vision for a better future.

Help us to realize on a deep level how connected we are, so we care enough to begin the work of creating a more peaceful world.

Wake us up.

Kindle the fire of Your Love in us; Fill us with Your Spirit of Compassion for the victims. Help us stand in solidarity with their loved ones through the long road of healing they will endure.

Shape our hearts with Your Mercy for the perpetrator, even as we seek justice. Only You know the wounds that could lead one of Your children to such a horrific action; give us the strength to forgive.

Shine Your Light on the cultural, political and family dysfunction, which is fertile soil for hatred that can grow into violence.

Give us the eyes to clearly see the hard truths, which need to be addressed before things can get better.

Inspire us with solutions, Lord.

Energize the efforts of those who work for social justice.

Bless families, protect the innocence of children.

Show each of us how we can bring Your Healing, Love and Support to the most vulnerable among us.

Fill us with the conviction and guidance it will take to become part of the solution.

Spark miraculous transformations deep inside our hearts, so we can become ever more capable of bringing Your Peace into this broken world.

Unite our efforts and multiply them with Your Power, so the roots of hatred will dissolve before they can ever manifest into another act of violence.

In Jesus name, we pray.

Who are you praying for today? Write in comments below, and we’ll lift them up with you! God bless.