Silence Speaks

Photo by prunkova on Pixabay

“Your true home is in the here and now.” – Thich Nhat Hanh

+++

Listen to the PODCAST version of Today’s Contemplation by clicking HERE.

Listen to my song “Slow Me Down” on YouTube by clicking HERE.

My albums and books Mercy Reigns & Listen to Your Heart are available for purchase HERE. Also available on Amazon.

Thank you!

+++

Psalm 130:6

My soul looks for the Lord more than sentinels for daybreak.

+++

Today’s scripture speaks to us of the importance of being present.

We find such reminders throughout the bible and from Jesus himself.

Remember where Jesus tells the parable about the servants who light their lamps and wait for their master’s return?

The master finds them vigilant on his arrival (Luke 12:35-37).

In today’s psalm, the soul is to be more watchful for God than sentinels for daybreak, sentinels being guards whose job is to stand and keep watch.

The first breakthrough in this regard would be awareness.

How many people are simply caught up in their thoughts all the time and aren’t even aware of it?

They are so identified with their non-stop-thinking-mind that they think they are those thoughts.

Stop for a moment and observe your thoughts.

Who is the observer?

It’s your true self, your soul.

So, allow your thoughts to cease.

Just be present right now.

Isn’t that pleasant?

Peace.

A meditation practice such as Centering Prayer will be very helpful in bringing this awareness of presence into your everyday life.

St. Paul said in God we live and move and have our being (Acts 17:28).

The Divine Presence is always present.

It’s the great “I Am” (Exodus 3:14).

Spend some time simply being present to your surroundings.

Give yourself a real treat by doing it amidst nature.

I did this recently on a retreat in the middle of acres and acres of farmland where I came upon some cows in a pasture.

In my immersion in the moment, I was blindsided by the Divine Presence in several moments of Transcendent Peace.

I was reminded of Psalm 46: “Be still and know that I am God.”

Be still and know.

Be still.

Be.

+++

Listen to the song of the day “Slow Me Down” on the Mercy Reigns album by clicking HERE.

Purchase my albums/CDs and books by clicking HERE.

Stream and/or purchase my songs on Amazon Music by clicking HERE.

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?
This entry was posted in inspiration, spirituality, Today's Contemplation and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s