Plymouth Congregational Church

God for All

The Blessing of Being Still

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“A Christian at a retreat center saw this sign on a walkway path:  ‘Don’t just do something.  Stand there.’  The sign hinted of Psalm 46:10 (NSRV)  ‘Be still, and know that I am God!’  Only by being still can we sense God’s presence and know him intimately.  Experiencing calmness requires taking frequent respites from our feverish lives. 

When Jesus visited the home of Mary and Martha, Mary sat quietly at his feet – observing, listening, learning.  Martha, however, was fretting about, ‘distracted by many things,’ fuming because Mary offered no help at all. 

Jesus, sensing Martha’s fury, told her to stop dashing about because there was need of only one thing:  focusing on Jesus, his fellowship, his teaching and his friendship. 

‘Mary has chosen the better part,’ the Lord said to busy Martha (Luke 10:42 NSRV)  When we make the choice to be still, we choose the better part as well.”

(October, 2010


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