St. Michael Prayer

St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle. Be our safeguard against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray, and do, thou, O Prince of the Heavenly Host, by the Power of God, cast into hell satan and all of the evil spirits who prowl about the world seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.

Glory to God in the Highest!

Monday, March 16, 2015

Be Still and Know that I AM God

"Be Still and Know that I AM God."
Psalm 46:10

The equation I used to believe was:  to be still was to be quiet.  To be quiet was to be in silence. 

The act of silence is very difficult for me.  I enjoy good conversation and lively debates, and  the sounds of music, radio, and television.  I have tried to allow silence to envelop me so that through this stillness or quiet, I could come closer to God.  I guess that I am God's squirmy child when it comes to sitting in the stillness.  I find myself sitting, waiting for the sounds of birds chirping outside the Church where we have gathered to pray, and, in desperate times, the sound of the radiator hissing as it heats up the adoration chapel.

The willful act of silence is a virtue on which I am still working. 

Distractions plague me, too.  However, in my distractions, I think.  If I am wise, I also the Holy Spirit to direct my thoughts when in the state of distraction.

Dearest Holy Spirit, I love You and adore You with all my heart and soul.  I ask for the grace of attention to my task.  If that is not to be, then I ask that You direct my thoughts to that which You wish that I may come to know Your love and affection.  Thank You.  Amen.

"Be still and know that I AM God."

Maybe "be still" does not only mean "be quiet"?  When I was a child, I often heard, "Be still."  That direction to me was not translated as be quiet.  I was not a noisy child.  I was an active, squirmy child.  The command "be still" as it was spoken to me meant, "Stop what you're doing."

My mind wanders further.  In recent months I have been hearing, whether preached from the pulpit or written in books, "Quit trying to control God.  When you ask Him for something in faith,
move over and let God do the work.  You can't change God, but God can change you.  He's the God of miracles.  Move over.  Quit doing what you're doing.  Let God take over.  Be still."

"Be still" takes on an entirely new meaning now.  "Be still.  Let God do the work.  Move over."

Let God be God.  Be still.  God is in control.  Rest easy in Him.  Be still.

I don’t have to be anxious.  I don’t have to worry pray.  I only have to move over and let God in when I pray.

“Be Still and Know that I AM God.”
Psalm 46: 10

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