Over the past few months I have been spending time at the Jesuit Center in Wernersville, PA. I have found it to be a quiet place for reflection, prayer and time away from the rush and chaos of life. Stepping away for even a few hours helps me “center myself” and focus on what is truly important. These times are truly sacred and allow me to hear just a little clearer that “still small voice of God.”
During one of my times at the Center someone shared this with me and I wanted to be sure I passed it along. It hangs outside my office door at church. I try to stop and read it at least once each day as I move about the work of the church…my prayer is that it helps me find quiet and peace in the midst of chaos, helps me hear the still small voice amidst the clamor of voices, ringing phones, emails and deadlines. Maybe you will find the same sense of strength and peace within the words that speak to me…
The Lord is my pace-setter. I shall not rush.
He makes me stop and rest for quiet intervals.
He provides me with images of stillness which restore my serenity.
He leads me in ways of efficiency through calmness of mind.
His guidance is peace even though I have a great many things to accomplish.
I will not fret, for his presence is here.
He prepares refreshment and renewal in the midst of my activities by anointing me with his oils of tranquility.
My cup of joyous energy overflows.
Surely, harmony and effectiveness shall be the fruit of my hours.
I shall walk in the peace of the Lord and dwell in his house forever.