Saturday, October 1, 2016

Psalm 46: Be Still and Know...

From newspaper:

"Sometimes the simple act of formatting a piece of prose transforms it into poetry. Take, for example, a verse I love from Psalms 46: “Be still and know that I am God.” I learned this verse as a child. And then, some years ago, I rediscovered its meaning during an interfaith pastoral care course."

"Each week, one of us would deliver a short devotional to begin our work together. I don’t remember the name of the classmate who shared this, although I can still picture what she looks like. She had been a nun for more than 30 years and still felt that there was more to learn. I don’t know whether she found this format or created it. What I do know is that these words took on a whole new meaning when she presented them."

“Be still and know that I am God.

Be still and know that I am.

Be still and know.

Be still.


"Before she spoke, I was quite sure that I knew what this verse was about. “Be still and know that I am God.” Our familiarity with something often tends to do that. It prompts us to make assumptions about what we know to be true, and then again, might not be. What this format did was to pare the verse down, bit by bit, to its essence. By examining each line, one word at a time, I had the opportunity to discover the message anew......"

Mantra helps us learn to just be and find God by Susan Hawkins Sager (interfaith clergy):

Note: If this strikes a chord within you, then revisit "I Am Activities":