Be Still

“Silence is God’s first language.” – St. John of the Cross

(Listen to my song “Turn Off the Noise” on YouTube by clicking HERE)


Mark 1:35-38

Rising very early before dawn, he left and went off to a deserted place, where he prayed. Simon and those who were with him pursued him and on finding him said, “Everyone is looking for you.” He told them, “Let us go on to the nearby villages that I may preach there also. For this purpose have I come.”


If you are a follower of Jesus…then it would seem that you must have some kind of prayer practice.

Jesus often went off to some “deserted place” to pray.

When he taught his followers how to pray, he instructed them to “go to your inner room, close the door, and pray to your Father in secret.”

He also told them to not use many words (Matthew 6:6-7).

It would seem to be important to spend time in relative silence with God.

It would also seem that this time of surrender was exactly the foundation from which Jesus’ next actions in ministry would sprout.

Contemplation leads to action.

I recommend a regular meditation or centering prayer practice…and before dawn would be ideal but not mandatory.

This is not a time to think…but a time to not think; a time to let go…and listen.

As St. John of the Cross said, “Silence is God’s first language.” To which Thomas Keating added, “Everything else is a poor translation.”


Listen to the song of the day “Listen to Your Heart” on the Listen to Your Heart album by clicking HERE.

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Remember…God loves you!

About billtonnis

Child of God, Pastoral Minister, Chaplain, Music Minister, Jail Minister, singer-songwriter, author, activist, former radio news anchor, imperfect follower of Jesus inspired by God's unconditional love, proud uncle... what else is there?
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