Week 16 Wednesday

Be Still

Today’s scripture selection: Psalms 45-47

Key verses: Psalm 46:10


Can you remember what it was like to be a little kid and find it almost impossible to be still?

  • When it was birthday and you knew a party was being planned
  • When it was Christmas morning – about 3 a.m. and you could  swear that you just heard Santa clomping around downstairs
  • When your Mom or Dad finally said you were old enough to have a pet
  • When you were counting the days to when you could get your driver’s license and get behind the wheel of your Dad’s old car


And what about when you were older –

  • Waiting for that date with that very special person
  • Waiting for the wedding bells to chime
  • Waiting for your first child
  • Waiting for that job promotion or house closing


And still later –


  • Waiting for the Doctor’s report about that test result you dread
  • Waiting for the phone to ring so that you can hear from your children who now live across country
  • Waiting at the bedside of a loved one
  • Waiting for the clock to turn another hour – from 4 a.m. to 5 a.m. during another sleepless night


Waiting – and being still – and waiting some more.


No matter our age, it can be a challenge at times.

When that happens… remember the words of the Psalmist:

“Be still, and know that I am God…”


He has everything under control.  And He loves you very, very much.  So trust – and just be still.


Prayer: Lord, give me patience, through all the moments of my life with you.  AMEN.









By Paul Simrell

The Reverend Paul W. Simrell has served for over thirty years in a variety of congregational and institutional settings. He is a recognized minister with standing in the Virginia region of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada and is nationally endorsed by the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) for specialized ministry in both pastoral counseling and chaplaincy. Ordained in 1982, he has served congregations in Kentucky, Texas, Florida, and Virginia. He currently serves as the pastor of Elpis Christian Church, a small, historic congregation located just a few miles west of Richmond, Virginia. “Elpis” is the Greek word for “expectant hope.” He is a graduate of the University of Florida and Lexington Theological Seminary and has done advanced clinical training in chaplaincy and pastoral counseling at the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington, Kentucky, Children’s Medical Center and Parkland Hospital in Dallas, Texas and the Virginia Institute of Pastoral Care in Richmond, Virginia. He is a Certified Pastoral Counselor, an ACPE Practitioner, a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors, and a member of Spiritual Directors International. He is a Certified Facilitator of the Prepare-Enrich relationship assessment and skills-building program and served as a volunteer chaplain for over twenty years with the CJW Medical Center campuses in Richmond, Virginia. His avocational interests include playing the piano and drawing. He is very happily married to his wife Elizabeth Yeamans Simrell, a free-lance writer, who is also a Certified Facilitator for the Prepare-Enrich program. Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton

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