The Parishes of Crail and St Ayle

Reflections from Dorothy Neilson 

Sunday - 12 September 2021

Hello, friends in Crail and St Ayle,

As I enter a time of prayer now, I pause to be still. 

I breathe slowly.

I re-centre my scattered senses upon the presence of God.*

 

Be still.  Just be still.  Stop everything.  Sit down.  Close your eyes and listen to the quietness inside you.  Can you hear it?  Underneath all the outer commotion, can you hear the gentle murmur of quietness.  Like the lapping waves on the shore?  Or the wind in the trees?  Do you hear a silent voice telling you that this is where you belong?  A reassuring voice.  A welcoming voice.  This is the real you.  The you that is inside of yourself.  This is the voice calling you back to attend to your soul.  Just sit.  Be silent.  And listen to the stillness.  God is in that stillness.  Sit with Him.  And listen.

This inner place is somewhere we seldom visit.  And yet, this is the only place we can meet with ourselves and God.  It is the oasis in the storm, the shelter from the breeze, the soft  corner where the sun shines warm. 

 

Bring to mind a remembered moment of God’s presence.  Or ask that God makes himself real to you.  And just sit.  Sit with thanksgiving.  Let your mind wander, pausing on all the good things.  Say thank you over and over.  No other words are necessary.

Sit with contentedness.  In this place you are accepted.  God accepts you as you are. And loves you anyway.  Allow Him to reassure you.  You are loved. 

Sit with a smile, as with a lover.  Rest.  The Lord is here.  His Spirit is with us.  Just sit…………

Receive a word from God.  Receive an image.  Remember words from the past.  OR NOT.  Just sit.  And say thank you.

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This too is prayer.  This is relationship.  We don’t need to talk to God in prayer.  There is no need to tell God about the worries inside you.  He knows.  We really DON’T need to tell Him what horrors are going on in the world.  He knows.  Nor does He need our advice on how to handle the world’s problems.  His thoughts are far above ours.  His solutions may take decades although we want immediate answers.  HE KNOWS.

So sit.  Just sit in that place within and share your time with the God who lives within and who longs for our companionship.  And be thankful. 

 

Be still and know
That I am God
Be still and know
That I am God

I am the Lord
That healeth thee
I am the Lord
That healeth thee
I am the Lord
That healeth thee

In thee, O Lord
I put my trust
In thee, O Lord
I put my trust
In thee, O Lord
I put my trust
In thee, O Lord
I put my trust

 

PRAYER:

God of shalom, I offer you my worries, I bring you my broken-ness, and I surrender my striving.  As I rest in your presence, I receive your peace.  Amen.  *

“Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love?  Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death.  No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us.

And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love.  Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love.  No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord. “  (From Romans 8)

*(today’s prayers are from Lectio 365.  You can download the App and enjoy morning and evening prayer.) 

 

From Dorothy Neilson