Be Still

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“Silence is God’s first language; everything else is a poor translation.” – Thomas Keating


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


Luke 4:42-43

At daybreak, Jesus left and went to a deserted place. The crowds went looking for him, and when they came to him, they tried to prevent him from leaving them. But he said to them, “To the other towns also I must proclaim the good news of the kingdom of God, because for this purpose I have been sent.”


Jesus came to know his calling through the intimate times in prayer that he spent with God.

Note that he went off to a deserted place at the break of dawn.

It was from this time of communing with God in silence that he came to know that it was time to move on.

Jesus could have stayed in the comfort zone of all the adulation he was receiving.

The people of that town did not want him to leave.

But Jesus knew in his heart that he must leave his comfort zone to accomplish his “purpose” which was to “proclaim the good news of the kingdom of God.”

The good news is that God loves all people unconditionally and that letting go of your egocentric desires leads to the life you were meant to live in service of all.

That’s how the “kingdom of God” comes about here on earth.

And the “good news” is also that death leads to life, not just now but always.

Each of us is also called to proclaim this good news.

Just how we do this is between each of us and God.

Are you spending time each day communing with God in silence?

Centering Prayer is one such method of meditation.

May we all do our part in proclaiming the good news!


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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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