SilenceNew Every Morning | May 5, 2020
Words of Hope During COVID-19
Author Sharon Seyfarth Garner’s chosen word for 2020 is still. In a moving reflection she reminds us God is still with us, and we are still beloved.
When I lost confidence in the words that had been my life, I was driven into a wilderness of silence. But it was there that I realized how limited my experience of God was. I had understood God to be word. In the midst of the empty desert of silence and despair, I discovered that God is also silence—God is not only what fills space, but God is also the space that is filled. Emptiness creates space for new and expanding life.
—Dan Moseley, Lose, Love, Live: The Spiritual Gifts of Loss and Change (Upper Room Books, 2011)
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He said, “Go out and stand on the mountain before the LORD, for the LORD is about to pass by.” Now there was a great wind, so strong that it was splitting mountains and breaking rocks in pieces before the LORD, but the LORD was not in the wind; and after the wind an earthquake, but the LORD was not in the earthquake; and after the earthquake a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire; and after the fire a sound of sheer silence.
—1 Kings 19:11-12 (NRSV)
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The video from yesterday where the person spoke on the word “still” was quite beautiful. I did not listen to it yesterday, but came across it today. I loved how she used two different meanings for it. In the midst of hardship, trial, uncomfortableness – God is STILL with us. He remains. In the silence of my heart – I can cling to this huge truth. He calls me to be still and know…Be still and know that I AM, that I am STILL GOD. Still and for always. Thank You, Father God.
A simple gratitude for stores with on-line shopping and curbside bring it out to your car delivery.
In our noise filled world finding absolute, sheer silence is quite difficult even here in the mountains of NH. The wind blows, twigs fall, birds chirp, chipmunks scamper, but I think concentration can help no matter what the sound. The two times I think God made His/Her presence known was in an urban setting. God can do what God wants regardless of the conditions. Lord I remember those times and they encourage me.
Many activities yesterday to accomplish a simple task, writing a card and letter to the wife of my college hockey coach who passed away from the virus. Took a look back at the conditions and illnesses my wife endured, her primary care doctor has also passed away.
ZOOM family reunion today at 10 am.
Prayers for divine wisdom and guidance as we deal with the pandemic and economy. Powerful reminders
of our need for God. Thank You, Lord, You are ever present.
The UR Devotional for today particularly spoke to me and even speaks to the silence of this rellection. A woman scalded her leg with boiliing milk. At first she panicked as the pain was intense and the scarring horrific, but then she sat quietly and read Bible verses about healing and prayed. The pain subsided and the scar vanished. I think she meant wound not scar. The prayer and thought for the day reminded me that worry accomplishes nothing but prayers can help us remember that God can overcome any situation facing us.
This really resonated with me. In particluar today this means a lot to me because h went to his cohorts last night. Defying the no congregating mandate and I worry that it was to scheme toether more. I know they have already forged my name on important documents which resulted in me being denied h’s pension after his death. I spoke to my lawyer and know my rights. Obviously he does not know my rights or that I am aware of his and his cohorts crimes.
Prayers for Jill, may she find time to be still and silent and find God there.
Prayers for Robert and his family, may they gain strength from one another and may they laugh together and find joy.
Prayers for Ally and David, may David’s need for oxygen diminish and may he grow stronger. Prayers for strength for Ally yand fortitude as she continues to work and prepare for David’s return.
Prayers for Andrea and her family, may all find peace and harmony.
Prayers and thank you and stay safe and healthy dear UR
Where is God in the silence? He is there for sure. Sometimes I have to find new ways to seek Him in the silence. Sister Jerome was a nun I met on retreat. She told me (such a wise lady!) that when God is silent, it is even more important to listen, meditate on scriptures such as today’s from 1 Kings, and to stay thankful for our connection to God. The times when God is silent have motivated me to leave my comfort zone and try spiritual practices such as using art for prayer journaling, praying the Psalms, using the Book of Common Prayer, and using hymns as prayer. God has not been silenet these last weeks, but these practices have been invaluable when I cannot find the words.
David’s therapy is going well. I’m looking forward to attending his therapy session on Friday. I pray he is not being sent out too soon. Please pray for me, as the first Mother’s Day without my precious Mama is coming up. She passed June 8, 2019 at age 90. I’m thankful for her long life and she was ready to go and be with Daddy. I miss them so much, but my comfort is that they are together again. Jill, I found the message of the video quite beautiful as well. God is with us STILL, and being STILL in God’s presence is peace. Robert, I lift up your college coach as he mourns his wife. I lift you up as well as you remember your wife. Thank you for the description of what hature has brought in NH. It sounds lovely! I pray our other posters are well today. Be safe, everyone! May God keep you.
This was a good reminder for me today. I confess, I’ve felt overwhelmed with school and the demands of our upcoming move. I have not been doing my daily meditations as regularly. I began this morning in prayer and meditation. It allowed me to notice that God was with me still and always is. I just need to focus on today and he will provide for all my needs.
Prayers for your dad Jill, I pray his arm stays well. Prayers for Julie and Megan, that you are safe and protected and that you might find a way out of your situation. You have such a gift in your posts and prayers. Robert, praying you have a blessed reunion with your family on Zoom today. Ally, praying that David continues to progress in his breathing and physical therapy and that you feel confident in your ability to care for him when he returns home. Andrea, grateful to hear of your time with your grandson and praying your SIL finds work. I am so grateful for all of your prayers and how you all inspire me on this amazing journey. I am so Blessed. Thank you UR and staff for your daily prayer videos and daily reflections. It is indeed a Sacred place to come to.
Good evening, UR friends. I am busy today sewing a friendly monster for my grandson, who is coming over tomorrow to spend the night. This verse from today’s Psalm 31, verse 3, is one I will hold onto: You are indeed my rock and my fortress; for your name’s sake lead me and guide me.
With prayers for my dear friends here. Jill, Robert, Julie, Ally, Rick, April, Lou, Bj, and others who comment from time to time. Sending love to all of you and praying for God’s steadfast tender care and mercy to surround you. I pray for your safety, health, guidance, and well-being, and the same for your loved ones. God bless you.