Still …

Recently the following prayer was printed on a retreat brochure, and it spoke to me. The prayer is by Kwasi I. Kena, and I thought I’d pass it along. This week I have especially been thinking about people all over the world affected by weather disasters, including here in Austin given recent flooding and far away in the Philippines. May their lives improve with help from others.


How hard it is for me to be – still.

Alone – with myself.
Alone-together – with God.

Still the clamoring voices from without and within
Sequester me spiritually,
Away from the rush of the world,
Long enough to recall the soothing silence.

Bathe me in living water that you stilled for me
So I wouldn’t drown in the rush of life.
God, teach me how to be still today,
And know that you are God.