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Day 37 – Issue 20

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Be Still Know

Psalm 25:5 NLT

‘Lead me by your truth and teach me, for you are the God who saves me. All day long I put my hope in you.’

A large part of my ministry life has been on the road as an evangelist and then as international director with the Evangelical Alliance (EA) UK. It has now proved very satisfying to settle down. I was anxious initially from a sense of loss of identity. Homemaker and hermit are little understood today, or so I felt. Yet, on a retreat I discovered the Benedictine vow of stability. Slowly I reflected and unravelled the wonderful truth encased within this vow and so settled with my own commitment to stability.

Stability, or remaining rooted in a single location, slowed me down. The time invested in planning and then actually travelling was gifted back to me. I was faced with my own internal need for activity almost as if the activity in and of itself justified my existence. Hence now each morning, having welcomed God into my day and reintroduced myself to God with the lighting of my altar candle, I complete the immediate tasks of getting the house up and running before sitting with a mug of tea and being still.

The candle burns, reminding me that God’s light is present within as well as beyond me. I sit comfortably, I breathe deeply and I pray through each area of my body, expressing gratitude to God for it, aches, pains, or simply just as it is. Gratitude is so important in living a full life with God. One model I use is consider my feet, and contemplate where they have carried me and where they will carry me today, inviting God to lead me where he would have me be, and also that wherever I set my feet I might leave something of the aroma of Christ behind. I pray then for my hands similarly, then prayers for my mind and its thoughts, my eyes, ears and mouth. In this way I slowly and deliberately dedicate my body, which carries me through the day ahead, to being God’s source of encouragement and hope both to myself and to others.

QUESTION: How will you carry the light of Christ into the world today?

PRAYER: Lord, you created us to be a light to the world. Shine bright through your Church today.

Written by: Rufus Olaniyan

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