"Be still, and know that I am God!" – Psalm 46:10, NRSV
To be still reveals a willingness to value personal quiet time with God. No iPod, radio, TV, pager, cell phone. Just sitting quietly in the company of God. It takes practice.
Jesus says that his followers hear his voice (John 10:27). Reserving a place and time each day to "hear" the whisper of God allows God to put thoughts into our minds. As one person has put it, "God speaks every day! What is the quality of your antenna?" God invites us to hear and respond. From the often-ragged edges we can move closer to the center of life, to God.
Time with God each day allows us to know that we are treasured and loved by God. Devotional prayer allows us to listen, speak, forgive, and accept the gift of forgiveness. God may encourage us to take a risk, apologize, or make the tough decision. The Spirit may urge us to get help, slow down, stop running, ask, accept, or speak the truth. The list of possibilities is limitless, but most importantly, practicing devotional prayer allows us to be. . .just be. . .with God and ourselves.
This stewardship story is excerpted from the bulletin inserts for the theme "Abundant Joy, Overflowing Generosity" based on II Corinthians 8:1-7. The Abundant Joy, Overflowing Generosity Collection of the Companion Resource, theme materials, and corresponding issue of the Giving: Growing Faithful Stewards in Your Congregation magazine provide a comprehensive assortment of materials for developing a customized stewardship program for your congregation. Learn more and order in the ESC web store.