During the busyness and chatter of this season of the year, I can carve out space and time to sit in silence, quiet my inner noise, and turn toward God. . . . Whenever I feel overwhelmed and speeded up, I turn my attention inward, close my ears to outward noise, take some deep breaths, and sink down into the welcoming silence of the heart of God.
I invite you to be silent with God today. Take five, ten, or fifteen minutes to be still in God’s presence. Don’t worry if you are not successful during the first try. This discipline grows with practice. Keep carving out some space during each day. Have hope; God is there, waiting for you.
—Beth A. Richardson, The Uncluttered Heart: Making Room for God During Advent and Christmas (Upper Room Books, 2009)
How can you make space to encounter God in silence? Join the conversation.
For God alone my soul waits in silence,
for my hope is from him.
—Psalm 62:5 (NRSV)
Prayer for the Week
Clear away the clutter, O God, that I might have more room for you.
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