December 15, Day Three of Week Three – The Way of Peace though Joy

Luke 1: 21 – 25 “Meanwhile, the people were waiting for Zechariah and wondering why he stayed so long in the temple. When he came out, he could not speak to them. They realized he had seen a vision in the temple, for he kept making signs to them but remained unable to speak. When his time of service was completed, he returned home. After this his wife Elizabeth became pregnant and for five months remained in seclusion. “The Lord has done this for me,” she said. “In these days he has shown his favor and taken away my disgrace among the people.”

Stillness.jpgIn The Stillness Of This Moment Song Link

In the stillness of this moment, in the quiet of this place,
We pause in silent wonder, at the miracle of grace.
As our hearts reach out in mercy, Heaven’s arm reach from above,
And we touch the hope of glory, and we hold the gift of love.

REFRAIN: Oh, how marvelous! Oh how wonderful!
And my song shall ever be!
Oh, how marvelous! Oh how wonderful!
Is my Savior’s love for me.

In the stillness of this moment, as we calm our hearts and minds,
We feel your tender mercy, and the gift of peace divine.
Let us gather at the table, let us find our place of rest,
Where the bread of wine and mercy, feed our souls with heaven’s best.

In the stillness of this moment, as we give him full control,
There is comfort for the weary, there is healing for the soul.
And the tears of our surrender, are an offering made of praise,
For the wonder of salvation, is a miracle of grace. REFRAIN

Reflection: Psalm 46 tells us, ““Be still, and know that I am God.” This song starts with the words, “In the stillness of this moment, in the quiet of this place, we pause in silent wonder, at the miracle of grace.” If this could be how we start each day, imagine how different a day might be. We could have eyes and a heart all day long that say as Elizabeth did, “The Lord has done this for me.” This miracle of grace gets lost in our daily lives filled with the unending noise of too much information, too many places to be, too many masters to serve. Silent wonder is powerful and soul filling – and missing in so many of my days. Not because I don’t want it. It is missing because I don’t make time to be still and know. One of the great gifts of writing this devotional is that it causes me to be still and listen.

Action: Today, be still. Talk less. Listen more. Give time to God. Give time to finding ways to find the quiet of this place. What can you give up in your day to let your heart know the joy of God each day? How would your life be different if each day you had a “Be still, and know that I am God,” moment? His peace waits for each of us, all the time. What are you waiting for?

Dear God, still us. Shut us up, slow us down, make us sit, trip us if you must. But make us stop and know you. Thank you for your patience, your willingness to be there when we come to you, the unconditional love we spend our lives looking for in earthly form. Give us Elizabeth’s heart and let us see every day all you have done for us. Singing, Oh how marvelous! Oh how wonderful! Amen.

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