Monday, January 19, 2009

Food for Thought

...and to aspire to live quietly...

1 Thessalonians 4:11a

In I Thessalonians 4:11 we are told to study to be quiet or study to be still. This stillness must begin in the heart. It is a decision, an active choice, to become still, to still your soul. Sometimes, it is as if there is a bunch of monkeys in the tree-which-is-your-mind; and you will not still them by shouting. If you speak quietly and gently--just as you would to a petulant child--peace will result. The mind is like a child, always wanting more, something new; each thing it sees it wants.

It is stillness I need, Lord, and Thou in me dwelling.

Celtic Book of Prayer

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