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Responding to God's Invitation

Every encounter with God is an opportunity to build on our relationship with Him and with others.  God is inviting you to explore the next step in that relationship. 

I love you and I am inviting you to be still, love God
Thoughts to ponder: 

 “Be still and know that I am God”…( Psalm 46: 11)

LORD, my heart is not proud; nor are my eyes haughty. I do not busy myself with great matters, with things too sublime for me. Rather, I have stilled my soul, Like a weaned child to its mother, weaned is my soul. (Psalm 131 1-2)

“Come now, insignificant man, fly for a moment from your affairs, escape for a little while from the tumult of your thoughts. Put aside now your weighty cares and leave your wearisome toils. Abandon yourself for a little to God and rest for a little in Him.”  Anselm of Canterbury

“The fruit of silence is prayer”- Saint Mother Teresa of Calcutta

Prayer

Good and gracious God, 

Out of your love, you created me with a soul that is restless until it rests in you. Help me to put aside all that burdens me and is beyond my understanding. Quiet my soul until I am like a child content to rest in my parent’s arms. Give me the grace to be still and know that you are God. In the stillness help me discover the depth of your love. 

We ask this through Christ our Lord, who lives, and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit as one God, Forever and ever Amen.

Thoughts for Reflection: 

There is simply TOO MUCH

  • Noise
  • Busy-ness
  • Distractions
  • Worries
  • Stuff

Our world can be like a rough ocean sea tossing us about. As we just come up from one wave, another one knocks us down.  God is present in all the turmoil and messiness of our lives.

The challenge is to find that still, soft voice amidst the craziness of our world. We hear God best in the quiet…in the calm…in the silent, depths of our souls.  We discover like Elijah that God speaks in a gentle whisper. (1 Kings 19: 12)

Spending time, deliberately sitting quiet and still, takes resolve and preplanning on our part. We are not going to find the quiet unless we set aside the time.  

What we perhaps do not fully understand is how much God wants us to rest in Him. Like any parent, He loves it when we, his children crawl up in His lap and allow Him to just hold us in the silence. How secure we feel in the encompassing arms of our God. (Psalm 131) God desires to reveal Himself to us in the silent stillness. God is always inviting to be still and know that He is God.

Reflection Questions:
  • How much time do you spend just being quiet in the Lord’s Presence?
  • What obstacles do you experience when trying to be quiet? Some common obstacles:
    1. Mental distractions are part of being human and often find their way into prayer. Sometimes we can push the distraction away. Other times God may be calling us to look at the distraction.
    2. Finding time is always a hard one. We live busy lives. God is not hindered by the amount of time we spend with Him. So even if it’s just 5 minutes to start that’s still 5 minutes with the Creator of the Universe that makes the impossible happen.
    3. “I don’t feel anything happening.” We should not allow our feelings to be the judge of what is and is not happening. Instead, we should learn to trust that God is present and loving us whether we feel it or not.
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Responding to God's Invitation to Be His Heart and Hands

Responding to God's Invitation to Show Gratitude

Responding to God's Invitation to Share Your Gifts

Responding To God's Invitation to Mindfulness

Responding to God's Invitation to Grow in Prayerfulness 

Responding to God's Invitation to Advocate for Justice and Peace

Responding to God's Invitation to Commit More Fully To Him

Responding to God's Invitation to Hear His Hopes and Dreams

Responding to God's Invitation to Share the Good News

Responding to God's Invitation to Increase Your Knowledge of the Holy Spirit

Responding to God's Invitation to Strengthen Your Faith