Today’s Scripture Selection: Psalm 131:2

“But I have stilled and quieted my soul; like a weaned child with its mother, like a weaned child is my soul within me.”

We live in a very noisy world.  Or at least most of us do.

Yes, there are the contemplative souls among us who manage to find spiritual quietness – inner stillness – even in the midst of a lot of background noise.

But many of us find ourselves, again and again, on that old squeaky treadmill, wondering if we will ever get off.

Well, the fact is, we can.  But we have to choose to get off.

Maybe that is why the 131st Psalm begins with this humble admission:

“My heart is not proud, O LORD, my eyes are not haughty; I do not concern myself with great matters or things too wonderful for me.”

Now, I don’t this means we are not to ever think about “deep” things – or content ourselves with only thinking about superficial things.  I think God gave us brains and hearts that are wired to go “deep” – with God as the guide.

But, it depends on where we are in life and what else is happening around us.

And, it depends on if we have set the stage properly for quiet, profound, contemplative prayer.

And that brings us back to choosing to get off that squeaky treadmill when we can.

I invite you to do that sometime this week and see how it feels.

Still and quiet your soul.  And wait.  And listen.

I have a feeling God has a whole lot to say to you.

Prayer: Lord, help me to be quiet enough within to hear your still, small, voice.  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 meaning “expectant hope.” He also serves on the associate clinical staff of the Virginia Institute of Pastoral Care, Richmond, Virginia, both as a pastoral counselor and a ministerial assessment specialist, specializing in executive, clergy and relationship coaching. 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, and a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors. 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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