Pause + Pray

Be Still


We’re frequently in a rush, on our way back from somewhere only to be racing off to another destination. It’s tiring and ultimately, unsustainable. Psalm 46:11 offers us some of the most familiar, yet beautiful words as a salve: “Be still, and know that I am God!”


Stillness, how do I find you? I long to reach you,
but first I must take my foot off the gas pedal
Stop rushing.
Listen more closely to othersStop interrupting.
Be in the moment while chopping an onion,
dragging the recycling bin to the curb (and back).
I won’t discover the treasure within by hurrying away from it.
Yes, slowing down during my day.
Can I remember to pull back from all the striving?
Will you be there?


Today, notice when you are rushing to get through a task, or from one place to another. Sometimes just noticing is enough to find more peace and stillness. Notice, and remember for the next time life comes rushing through.

Franciscan School of Theology


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