According to Einstein “time slows down or speeds up depending on how fast you move relative to something else”.
Time has changed for all of us in recent days and weeks. Some people find themselves with more time alone than they want and others find they have to squeeze so much into their day with work, home, families and caring for others that they have little time to spare.
We often take God’s presence for granted and don’t give ourselves time to step back and be in His presence.
“Be still, and know that I am God” (Psalm 46:10). If we read the whole Psalm it speaks of earthquakes, war and political upheaval. In that context and in our present situation being still becomes a healing necessity and not just an extra to be fitted in.
I’m looking again at “Out of the Silence”, a book of memories, poems and reflections by Terry Waite, a man who experienced imprisonment in Beirut for nearly five years and solitary confinement for four of them. I pause to thank God that we have many opportunities to communicate with others at the press of a button.
In his poem “At Night” we read:
Be still my soul,
Be at one with your creator,
Giver of life.
Whether you have all day or little time to spare take a moment to “Be still”.
A version of these words have been put to music and are available on YouTube sung by the Filipino singer May Iglesias Gaza:
The reflections here are written by members of our congregation.